We Do Have Time
Instead of saying, “I don’t have time to ….”, train yourself to say, “It’s not a priority for me to…”
Does that change things?
For some things, it’s no big deal. It’s not a priority for me to shampoo my carpet every week, so I don’t do it. Whatevs.
For other things, it makes me incredibly uncomfortable. It’s not a priority for me to read to my kids everyday.
I instantly feel guilty. My ego starts in with the excuses. But, but, but!
But what? Is it not true? We all have 24 hours in the day and are given the same free will to schedule them as we see fit. Could I not decide that reading with my kids is more important than watching that new Netflix show or cleaning the kitchen?
There is no such thing as too busy; there are only things we prioritize and things we do not. We are not the helpless victims of our over-scheduled lives; we are the perpetrators. We must hold ourselves accountable. With each action we take (or don't take), we must assess whether it contributes to our goals and aligns with our principles.
So, I challenge myself to choose activities that contribute to my survival, health, and wellbeing. I challenge myself to take a brutally honest look next time I’m tempted to say “I’m too busy”. Perhaps the truth is I just don't want to do whatever it is, and the real work is deciding why not and if that's ok with me.
And of course, nowhere is this more applicable than with our yoga practice. Let’s not give ourselves permission to blame a lack of time. Let’s be brave enough to be honest. If we skipped practice because it wasn’t a priority for us that day, let’s own it. Let’s carry that lesson with us as we move forward. If with nothing else in our lives, let us endeavor to be intentional, and honest, in our yoga practice.
Till next time yogis!