Here’s a thought I’d like to share…
Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a culture, we rarely allow ourselves the full experience of being “done.” We are always on to the next thing. Having ticked one thing off our to-do list, we simply categorize that as “time to start another thing.”
That’s why savasana is considered the hardest pose in a yoga class. Savasana, or corpse pose, is the final pose of a class. It is when we are invited to allow the work of all the other poses to be integrated and absorbed. It is the pose of letting go – of experiencing being done – completely.
To be done is to be completely finished. Often, we say “I’m done!” in an exasperated way — meaning we’re separating ourselves from whatever it is we’re done with. But to be done can mean to be truly finished. It is the space of completeness – the experience that exists between finishing one thing and beginning another. It’s a delicious place of satisfaction and acceptance that what could be done, has been done. It’s a reward of sorts — a signal to the body, mind, and soul to take note, pause, and let go totally of the task that has been completed.
If, as is so often the case, we are on autopilot or are numbing ourselves to our present moment by being caught up in “next-ing” we miss the opportunities to experience this physical and mental release. Mindfulness helps us stay attuned to the present without getting lost in stories of fear, regret, frustration, or just busy-ness — so we don’t miss our moments. If we are present for our work/tasks, then it follows that we will be present for the completion of that work as well.
Don’t miss your “let-go moments!” Do your work with your whole self and then let your whole self be DONE.
What if we allowed ourselves to be “done” in that beautiful rewarding way of “Ah, I’m finished!” and we allowed ourselves, (whether it’s at the end of a yoga class, lying in savasana, or at the end of a day having finished your work for the day), to relish the feeling of satisfaction of having finished well.
Wishing you the restful, connecting experience of knowing, even if briefly, you’re done,