Stop and smell the roses

You may have heard of the saying “Stop and smell the roses.” This simple message or expression is very much about “appreciation” and this topic has been the focal point of classes this week. When we make a conscious effort to notice, sense or recognise a source of goodness or moments in our life that bring happiness and connection it brings a whole new dimension to life itself. From grey to multicolour, from dark to light, appreciation can change the whole mood or attitude in your day. The question is, do we take the time to notice the little things, the simple details in life, which make us feel good?

Red roses

So, ask yourself the question –

“Do I ever take the time to appreciate something I’ve done, made, created, or achieved”? Or do you rush on to the next thing, without a moment of appreciation for yourself? There’s no right or wrong answer to the question, only an opportunity to take a moment to notice. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how big or small they are. Before you know it, the moment has gone and how often do we say to ourselves, how time flies.

So, when we say “Stop and smell the roses” it really is a reminder to slow down, take notice, be present, see beyond the ordinary, and maybe become more open to the magic and mystery of life. To me, this describes Yoga and our Yoga practice. When we bring life onto our yoga mats it can be transformational.

Maybe dedicate your next practice to appreciating how you’ve progressed on and off the mat. High-five yourself on all of your achievements and perhaps make a conscious effort to take a moment every day to “Stop and smell the roses.”

KP xx