"Sha la la la la la live for today
Sha la la la la la live for today
And don't worry 'bout tomorrow, hey
Sha la la la la la live for today . "
The above is from a song by the Grass Roots, released in 1967. Interesting that this song was first recorded with Italian lyrics, and was titled "Piangi Con Me", which translated to "Cry With Me". When the song was composed into English lyrics, the title was transformed to "Let's Live for Today".
There is quite a different mood from each title. The saying that "misery loves company" is quite true, but also, positivity is CONTAGIOUS!
(I wonder if that song would have had such longevity if it was never transformed .)
I teach how to be mindful, and to be in the moment. I think it's really important that we have the ability to do that for ourselves. This allows us to walk out of a bad memory or escape stress or anxiety over a situation that hasn't even happened yet, and might not happen at all. A variation of Live for Today, in this case, would be to Live in the Moment.
Live for Today, is a saying or mantra that is very popular. The idea is that we don't know if we have a tomorrow or not. So, wear the expensive perfume. Use the good china, make those travel plans...!
Well, I 'd like to shine a different light on this thought. How about living for our tomorrows? Are you prepared for when you are considered elderly, and not just your mind, but your body doesn't work as well?
Notice how so many elderly people shuffle, afraid or unable to lift their foot off the ground as much as they used to. Strides become much shorter.
Notice how elderly people struggle to bend an arm enough to get into a shirt or coat sleeve.
Notice how elderly people can become off balance and fall much more easily than when they were younger. Notice how we rarely see these people on hikes, trampolines, doing jumping jacks, skipping, hopping, skipping stairs ...etc.
Why? Well, I'm sure you can imagine that the answers may be one or all of these:
On living for tomorrow....
Are you doing something on a routine basis that will help you to live a more qualitative life when you become elderly?
Since I have started practicing yoga on a routine basis, I can FEEL the changes in my body. I can feel that I am more limber. I can bend further. I have much more balance now than before I began practicing.
I believe that almost anyone can use yoga to help the body they own. Even if they have obstacles such as illness or disability. The same Yoga pose can be modified in different ways to meet different needs and abilities. Yoga takes things a bit at a time. Just as we all should.
A yoga class will be a mix of easy, blissful, difficult, and "OMG! I wasn't able to do that before!"
Yoga is so individualized. A pose can be correct for each person, and at the same time, be different.
I like to share this quote by Zen Shin with my students on the first day of our Basic Beginner's Class:
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms."
Talk to your doctor about Yoga. I'm sure he will agree. Yoga can help you avoid those major changes that come with less core strength and flexibility.
Yoga can also teach you how to be at peace within yourself, and also in the middle of chaos.
When you learn to deal with stress and anxieties, you are living for tomorrow.
When you learn how to strengthen your body and improve your balance, and you practice that routinely, you are living for tomorrow.
"Sha la la la la la live for tomorrow."
Ready To Exhale offers a 5wk Basic Beginner's Yoga course that is slower paced, and teaches you how to move safely, how to meditate, and prepares you to have confidence in joining a yoga class.
Debbie Jaine lives in Woodbury, Ct. Helping women to see their wonderfully kind and powerful selves is what she loves to do best in her business and also in her personal life.