As I sit on my yoga mat and my cloud (what I call my Kundalini sheepskin rug), a sense of relief comes over me. Immediately, I feel more relaxed and at ease. As I begin my regular Kundalini practice, which begins with a few warmup postures — usually starting with cat cow, as it’s one of my favorites — I literally feel my brain open and calm. As my eyes close, I feel myself connect in, and it feels so good.
I continue through the postures, really absorbing how good it feels to relax and move with the music, and I almost without a doubt, every time, think to myself, “this is SO worth the time.”
See the thing is, time’s a tough one for me, as I know it is for majority of the population. I’m constantly thinking, “I have this to do and this and this. I just need to begin in order to get through all this.” Due to this need to just begin, my connection practice — and I know many others people’s — gets pushed to the side. I sometimes tell myself I’ll meditate at night. That rarely happens — the to-do list consumes me.
What I’ve decided — as I’ve started to recognize a pattern of me saying to myself, “this is SO worth the time,” once I’ve begun my practice — I’m not going to skip on my “connecting-in” practice anymore, at least to the best of my abilities. If it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to beat myself up, but I’m not going to allow myself to just dismiss it because, “I don’t have enough time.” That’s a poor excuse. Plus, doing the practice actually makes me feel like I have more time, and I’ll be ok.
So, as I’m working on reminding myself of this thought, here’s my recommendation for you.
Start to focus on how you feel when you’re doing your “connecting-in” practice, whatever it may be. Does your mind begin to calm? Do you feel less anxious? Do things seem a bit less overwhelming? If so, tell yourself, or better yet, write it down, “this practice is SO worth the time.”
If your practice is something more intense, like running, lifting weights or a tough yoga series, concentrate on how you feel after completing the series. Does your mind feel more calm? Do you feel less anxious? Do things seem a bit less overwhelming? If so, tell yourself or write it down, “this practice is SO worth the time.”
For me, recognizing and writing down that my practice is worth the time, has inspired me to make it a priority. Knowing what a difference the practice will have on my mind, and therefore, my ability to successfully, and happily, complete tasks throughout the day, is motivation to sit on my mat (and cloud) and breath.