Be Here Now

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A yogi and spiritual teacher, Ram Dass wrote a book in 1971 called Be Here Now — and those words resonate lately. I have noticed our cultural focus on accomplishment is so magnified that sometimes even pleasurable activities become simply tasks to complete. A vacation spent reading books, hiking new trails, and practicing yoga becomes a checklist of productivity: Finished Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad; hiked Half Dome; mastered the Forearm-Stand Scorpion at Wanderlust. Check, check, check. (I did none of these things!) The ‘cult of productivity’ is a much-discussed phenomenon, but I feel compelled to shift my awareness and focus more on the ‘art of relaxation’ and ‘being here now.’ I’m totally on board with the advice of yoga teachers, coaches and thought leaders— Be deliberate. Be conscious. Be present. Contemplate. Reflect. Relax. Have fun. Waste time sometimes. Live in the moment. Enjoy. At times it is important to remember the value of presence over productivity. Life does not always need to become a checklist.