My yoga practice is a life practice. Yoga, to me, is both a practice and the culmination of a practice. It’s the daily practice of showing up fully and then getting out of my own way, but it’s also the serendipitous connection to myself that arises as a result of my practice. I live yoga in my kitchen, my relationships, and my everyday life. The medium may change, but the process remains constant.
This has been an amazing month. There have been incredible gifts that have poured into me in surprising and glorious ways. There have also been challenges, upheavals and upsetting experiences. As I moved into meditation and contemplation on my experiences I had the thought, “There is a gift in everything.”
Now, that was not surprising, since I believe that everything that happens has a purpose. However, when thoughts come in like that, I pay attention. What I discovered is that I have been allowing little thoughts of concern to creep into my consciousness. I have a strong spiritual practice, but still I noticed that parts of my body felt constricted. That is always a powerful sign to pause.
A recent survey showed that Americans spend more time shopping than thinking. But the best way to break the habit of buying clutter is to combine the two activities. Of course, we’ve all been guilty of impulse buying — for me it’s the extra pair of running shoes (what if the first wear out before I have time to buy another pair?) or books (yes, honey, I do have shelves of books I’ve been meaning to read, but this one is going to be really good!).
My biggest excuse for not cleaning is that I don’t have time. But it’s not exactly true. I certainly do have time to, say, wipe the counter. It’s dealing with the stuff on the counter before I can clean that takes all the time.
This month, I’m focusing on is commitment. Have you taken any time recently to stop and ask yourself: Am I really committed to living a life I love? Sit back and take a look and your life, your body, your state of mind, and you will have your answer. Your life is a reflection of all of your thoughts and beliefs. If you really want something and you are committed to it and you have faith, you will have it.