Kshama. Being in the present. The here and now. Not focusing on yesterday, five minutes ago, five seconds from now or this evening.
Kshama refers to the practice of patience. Of relishing in the current moment and of being completely absorbed in the current state. I think this comes most easily when we are in the act of doing something…especially something difficult and challenging. Think about those moments on your mat when you are working your way into half moon pose and you are completely entranced by the way your body is lifting, extending, twisting and balancing. As you move into this difficult pose, most likely we aren’t thinking about what is on our to-do list for later that day…erm, at least I’m not!
Kshama can also be applied when in the presence of others. I often practice this when speaking with my husband. In order to show him that I am fully present and engaged, I can’t look at my phone, glance at the computer, cook dinner and take out the composting all at the same time. Instead, I need to look into his eyes, open my ears and heart and truly take in his words, tone, inflection, body language so I can fully appreciate what he is communicating.
I personally believe that Kshama becomes more challenging the more things we place in front of ourselves. There are deadlines and texts beeping. Schedules to keep to and more things to sign up for. There are obligations and emails to respond to.
It is my hope that with our continued intentional attention to Kshama that we can pause, take notice of the sky, the clouds the sounds and sights around us. That we truly smell the scent of spring promisingly situated upon the breeze. That we notice the ice and snow melting creating mini-rivers for us to splash in. That, in this time of transition from one season to the next, that we transition with it…not oblivious to it.