living the manifesto

appreciate the moment

"Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment could be the meaning of life."

I'll be honest, when I first joined lululemon and read the manifesto, my reaction to this statement was "That's great, but I already have my list of everything to do today!"

Ever wondered if we've organized ourselves out of appreciating what's around us? I am a relentless planner and a bit of an organizational powerhouse (it's when you start to make lists of lists that you know you have a problem). Recently, I realized that I rarely had a day off in my diary that wasn't already planned to perfection. What would happen if I went off the map a little more, I wondered?

day one:

I left my day off completely open (this gave me mild heart palpitations), and got a last minute tweet that Olympic freestyle skiers were giving a demonstration of their aerial skills downtown. I was there, camera in hand, 10 minutes later! I would never have caught this awesome event if, as usual, I had planned my day to perfection.

living in the moment

Score one for living in the moment...

day two:

Waking up to sunshine in Vancouver, I resolved to spend a morning appreciating the small things that make living here so amazing. Along the way, I spent some time with the fall leaves in Stanley Park, noticed that there is a great little cafe two blocks away from me where you can get a mean game of bocce, and chatted to a total stranger on the bus about my love of all things Twitter (only possible because for once I wasn't checking my planner en route). In the groove...

what happens when you look down

See what happens when you have time to look down?

day three:

Now in the swing of my new mindset, I flew by the seat of my pants and attended a brand new type of yoga class- possible only because I hadn't previously scheduled myself one to go to! When a friend of mine called one night and suggested I try Anusara, I swallowed my nervousness (partner yoga? what if I knocked them over?), and faced my biggest living in the moment challenge yet. One hour later, I couldn't believe it as my partner helped me into an inverted standing split. For once, my brain was not spinning out of control, anticipating the next few hundred things I was going to do. I was able to relax and just be in the physical moment, working with my body and setting no limits for where I could go.

What helps you to stay in the moment? I'd love to hear your tips!

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Ahhhh what a great post, Stephanie!!! Sometimes I forget to just sit back and breathe. Learning to be still will probably be the trickiest thing I ever do. :)

Comment by Ashley — February 26, 2010 @ 7:30 am

Thanks Ashley! It’s a daily challenge for me too, but one I find much more manageable when I break it down into bitesize (or day-size) chunks! :)

Comment by Stephanie B — February 26, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

Hey! that was the trampoline I had to guard ha ha!

Love the pics and the post Step :)

Comment by Jenna — March 2, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

Lovin’ the manifesto, Lululemon folks. I took some of my students to the SSC last week and they were blown away – some in a good way, some in a bad one – by the proud display of corporate culture. So, what else could I do but reflect on the supercool experience.

Here is the article: Did I get it right?

Thanks for the commentary and the truly awesome hosting. I learned a lot and, clearly, got a bit inspired, too.

Comment by John Horn — April 22, 2010 @ 8:01 am

Muchos Gracias for your article post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

Comment by Jacoby Dennis — January 15, 2012 @ 8:13 am

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