„Nothing is more certain than the present and that’s why we need to live in the moment“, my grandmother once said to me. This is easier said than done. We all experienced our thoughts dwelling in the past, in a time we now think was “the best time of our lives”. Or our mind wondering into the future, into a time we think will be “better than the present moment”. This doesn’t make us happy. And we all know it.

The past and the future are not bad, no. We don’t want to forget them. We should honour the past and take responsibility for the future, but what is most important, we should live and serve the present.

In the Tantrik philosophy there is a word for that, Samāvesa. It is a state of mind, in which we are fully tuned into the reality and immersed in our true nature. We all have these moments, in which we are present with ourselves and with our surroundings, relaxed and focused at the same time. Moments, in which we feel free yet grounded. We embrace the life as it is – in every breath, in every heartbeat.

Through Yoga we can reach the state of mind of Samāvesa. Asana-practice, pranayama and meditation makes it possible for us to arrive there where we are, right here and right now. Only then we understand that being able to be in Here and Now is being able to understand what “to live” means.

I’d like to end my small monolog with a dialog from the story “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne:

That’s it! Pooh (A.A. Milne) has got it. When we learn to live in the moment, every day will be our favorite day.



Blog post by Anu Visuri (

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