When things are really rocking for me; when I perceive that life is flowing, and fulfilling, and rich with good ju-ju, I can generally guarantee you one thing: that my yoga practice has been consistent and sweaty.
You’d think that acknowledging that would be enough to keep me rolling out my mat each morning without fail. But alas, like most humans, I have a tendency to be a rebellious, resistance creature, and if I’m not present, even the purest of intentions can easily be quashed with a fleeting thought of ‘maybe later,’ or ‘I don’t have the time,’ or ‘I’m tired.’
Most of the time, though, I can catch these sabotaging little echoes, and here’s how:
I remember that to change my circumstance, the most effective way to do that is to change the state of my body. When my body is flooded with oxygen-rich blood, my days are flooded with rich opportunities. When I lengthen my muscles, I create flexibility and spaciousness in my mind. When I experience that special brand of post – yoga euphoria, life presents me with endless opportunities to express gratitude throughout the rest of the day.
Yogi Bhajan says that there are two things we should do every day: sweat and laugh, and for me, reaching that delicious sweat-point is more fulfilling to me that crossing off a to-do from my list. When I remember that moving this body takes hierarchy over bullet points that have been hastily scrawled into a notebook, I also remember that moving this body allows me to effortlessly move through my tasks with ease and focus.
And finally, laziness begets laziness and enthusiasm begets enthusiasm. As one of my yoga teachers Michelle says: It’s far easier to remain consistent than it is to be inconsistent.
If I roll out my mat, essentially I’m rolling out an experience, and making a choice like that, especially first thing in the morning, is a fruitful one for me.
I want to move through life, I want to move with it. I don’t want any aspect or area or angle of my existence to be stagnant or to become stale, and that’s why movement is so critical to my daily practice, and why it so directly impacts my joy, my relationships, my creativity.
It’s probably also why I find illness and injury so unsettling. When I know I’m ‘missing out’ on that cellular freedom, I almost go into a state of grief! (A little dramatic, no?) I’ll write more about surrender as it pertains to this topic soon, I promise.
What about you? What do you do to remind yourself of on those days when you’d just rather… not? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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