What do yoga and Eminem’s hit song “Lose Yourself” have in common? Both focus on seizing the day or ‘Carpe Diem’. Yoga is about living in the present moment and experiencing the ease and the discomfort of each day. Carpe Diem is defined as the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future. The lyrics from Eminem’s hit song focus on the transient nature of life and how we need to grab it with both hands:
If you had
Or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture it?
Or just let it slip?
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime…
While these words apply to reaching for your dreams, they also emphasize that all we have is this moment to fully live our life. In yoga, you learn to tune out disruptions and simply focus on what’s happening minute by minute and breath by breath. Being able to take this off the mat as well you will start to shut out distractions, to not worry about the end result, and just lose yourself in the moment.
Living your life with passion and presence isn’t pretending the future isn’t coming or burying your head in the sand like an ostrich. Instead, it is acceptance and recognition of what is happening right now whether that is positive or negative, easy or complicated. So don’t hesitate to take risks, to make changes, to shift gears if you aren’t happy. What’s the worst that could happen?
When you dedicate yourself to your yoga practice each day, really commit. Commit to the breath. Commit to the movement. Life can be looked at as a series of smaller moments adding up to one beautiful experience. Then, apply this philosophy off the mat into your daily life. Savour each moment and surrender to experience whether it’s full of light or shadow. Don’t be afraid to do it now!! Carpe diem because it’s all we’ve got. Sometimes being too focused on the future prevents you from savoring what’s actually happening now.