“Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.” – Alan Watts
Past things are in the past and do not go there from the present. This is an obvious thought at the beginning of a new year. Yoga stresses that present things are in the present. That the sun and the moon revolving in their orbits do not turn around. This brings us to one of the main tenets of the practice of yoga. Vairaja is a sanskrit word meaning “dispassion”, “non-involvement” or the relinquishing of results.
The practice of Vairaja is essentially that one lives in the present moment ….only in the “now”. One is aware of just this present, fully occupied with what one is doing, giving the best without concern for the past or future. The past is gone and there is nothing we can do about it.The future has not happened and therefore it is stupid to worry about it. All that exists is this present moment and we must give our best for this moment only.