Sculpture serene buddhaI finally made it to a 7 am yoga class today. One of the gifts of menopause is that I sometimes spring wide awake at dawn. I know, crazy, right? It was 40 degrees out (4 C), which is really cold for San Diego, and staying in bed under my cozy down comforter seemed like an excellent thing to do.

I didn’t feel like going to yoga. I was stiff in about 20 places, hadn’t been to class in at least two weeks. It was cold. But I went, because I’ve learned that I don’t usually feel like exercising, but I’m always glad I did. And the teacher, Amanda Collins, is a lovely woman I met at The Sophia Conference, and this is the only class she teaches at my studio.

When I arrived, she invited us to pick a Wisdom card. I picked this one: “I love myself totally in the now.” Well okay then.

During class, there were things I could do and many things I couldn’t. But yoga isn’t about doing. It’s about being present. I just tried to breathe in the mantra: Om on the in-breath. Shanti on the out-breath.

Then Amanda said something that really struck me: “You are in the perfect place at the perfect time.” That became my mantra for the rest of the class.

In breath: Perfect place.

Out-breath: Perfect time.

In: Perfect place.

Out: Perfect time.

How much of my life would be better if I could stay in this mantra? All my worries, my anxieties, my anger over past slights, all would be gone.

Perfect place.

Perfect time.

So my wish for you is that you can take this mantra today and really live it. Whatever is happening in your life today… you are in the perfect place at the perfect time. If it doesn’t feel perfect, find the perfection in it. Find the lesson in it. Trust that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing right now. And if your experience says, “This is NOT what I’m supposed to be doing right now,” listen to that as a gift, and make a small change to get in alignment.

Namaste friends.

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