The great yoga Master, Paramhansa Yogananda said, “The minutes are more important than the years.” What he meant is that most people often think of big goals and have great expectations about how their lives should be. However, day-by-day, minute-by-minute they are either doing nothing to further their goals or they spend countless minutes – adding up to years – in counter productive pursuits.
Yoga teaches us to be in the present moment. If we waste time thinking about how things should have been from the past or how they should be in the future, we are wasting the precious moment of now. Only in the present moment do we have the power to overcome past circumstances and shape the future.
No matter how busy we are, we all can take 2 Minutes to do something that can help improve our health, happiness and success. Those 2 Minutes are time spent in the present moment. As we become more aware and more regular in our 2 Minute Yoga practices, we begin to value those precious minutes and make better use of them throughout the day.
The familiar saying, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”, further illustrates the importance of doing something, however small, is better than doing nothing. Too often people wait until they have lots of free time to do the things they know are important to do. Alas, lots of free time may never come. And often when it does come we seem to forget the wise plans we had until it is too late.
So take a minute now and take a few deep breaths. Be aware of all that is happening in the present moment. Take pleasure in being in the moment. Smile and keep on smiling. Know that you do have something to smile about – you just improved your health and well being with your smile.