Practicing Change

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Practicing Change

I’ve been feeling a little ungrounded, recently.

With all the changes taking place in my life, I’ve been having trouble maintaining my center and feeling balanced. 

Of course, it doesn’t help that I’ve also been slacking on my yoga practice, most particularly in my home practice. For years, I’ve had a strong, consistent daily practice during the first 30 minutes of every day. But recently, this morning ritual has either been shortened drastically or skipped altogether. 

I finally sat myself down last night, and came to the realization that perhaps I’ve been asking too much of myself lately. I haven’t given myself enough time to process the huge changes I’ve been dealing with. Instead, I’ve kept this go-go-go attitude, and have only been forcing more and more change upon myself.

The reason I was skipping my morning ritual was because I was trying to change it. I’ve recently been trying to get into the habit of waking up before dawn every day in order to dedicate more time to my morning ritual. Instead of 30 minutes, I’ve been pushing myself to go for an hour. Or more. And with everything going on, it’s been a task I haven’t been able to maintain. As punishment for my lack of discipline, though, I’ve been skipping my practice or shortening it so much that I don’t receive it’s benefits as a way to motivate myself to stick with my new ritual.

But maybe it’s time I give myself a little break.

Instead of trying to force this change to occur, perhaps I should let the other changes take root first. I don’t have to change my whole life all at once. My practice has been my biggest anchor in life. Without it, it’s harder to maintain my center.

So I’m going to take it easy on myself from now on, and make my full practice a priority over changing it.

It’s time to get grounded again.

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