The last couple of weeks have been insane at work and as I get closer to my wedding. I have had fewer hours on my mat during this time and that makes me feel crazy. I find that when I have fewer hours on my mat I have fewer hours of sanity in my everyday life. The problem for me, as it is for most people is that I don’t have anymore hours in my day. I am too exhausted to get up earlier or stay up later, my job keeps me at work longer and demands more from me mentally. How then do I maintain my practice and remain a good and compassionate person when I don’t have the time on my mat?
I think whatever our outlet is we all face these periods of time & some are longer periods than others. I find that when I am faced with not being able to turn to my mat I must find other ways to engage my practice in my life. The last two days I knew were going to be especially stressful at work so I woke early and sat in my yoga room & spent a few moments centering and breathing. This short meditation allowed me to tap into the mind-space I find during my physical practice. My meditation practice is not as strong as others, but I know there are so many important benefits of meditation and taking time to breathe and center. This is a personal story about how I struggle, just like everyone else, how I am imperfect and lose my temper just like others. I get frustrated when I am unable to find time for my physical practice. This is normal and all part of the learning process of life. Yoga has taught me that I have a lot to learn about myself and my ability to handle these stressful situations. While I’m far from perfect I think realizing this and being able to acknowledge it is a good first step to being able to move forward and learn from each of these difficult moments. I’d love to open this up for conversation to anyone who needs a space to share. In these moments of challenge I find it’s important to know we aren’t alone and that we all struggle.
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