Have you ever noticed how the older we get, the slower we get? I’m not referring to the fact that we become less mobile with age, but that we consciously slow down. As young adults we tend to haphazardly storm through what seems like a rollercoaster life, often leaving a trail of destruction behind. As we get older, we begin to realise the importance of stopping and smelling the roses. In my early twenties, I distinctly remember feeling like my head was clouded with static electricity – I was always rushing around with so much to do in so little time. However, in hindsight and in comparison to my current workload and lifestyle, I had all the time in the world.
As youths living in a world of self-administered chaos, we torture ourselves with feelings of uncertainty. Who am I? What do I want out of life? Which path should I take? For an already underdeveloped mind, this feeling of being lost can overwhelm the psyche. It was around this stage in my life where my interest in yoga piqued. Unfortunately, my priorities lay more so in the aesthetic benefit of achieving lithe limbs via this ancient practice. I even remember how I’d fast-forward the relaxation component during one yoga DVD in particular because it was “too slow”! Nowadays, relaxation has become the primary objective for my yoga sessions.
Over time, we increasingly achieve clarity and calm contentedness – a previously foreign, even unappealing concept to our once immature minds. Life becomes easier, day by day, year by year – there is no one moment when *BAM*, all of a sudden you find yourself in the world. Ironically, the more challenges life throws at us, the sooner we can achieve equilibrium. However, just like a garden, continuous maintenance and care is required. Slowing down and being actively present and mindful is key to continuous growth and happiness, as is recognising and managing emotion-laden thoughts. With time, patience and willpower, these efforts become second nature.