I have this daughter. She’s quite exceptional. From the moment we met, she’s been teaching me life lessons. I knew that she was here for me to learn from.
Around five years ago, before I decided to become a yoga instructor, I had a hard time keeping my worry, overwhelm, fears in check. To put it delicately, I would drop my basket pretty regularly.
Worry was my go to…I’d worry about all of the things. I’d worry myself into a lather about this – that – AND the other. Particularly about things that hadn’t happened yet. “What ifs” really churned me up.
One day as I was foaming at the mouth, my daughter looked at me with her clear, green eyes and said evenly, “Stay in the now Mom.”
Stay in the now.
This has become our family mantra. (She detests that I use it on her now that she is 12 and her amygdala is taking over her brain.)
I have used these words that my seven-year-old spoke to me again and again. It draws me away from senseless worry and back onto my center.
This was one of her many gifts to me.
Stay in the Now.