Yesterday Jamie and I went to a Halloween party at our friends’ house. After years of sitting on the sidelines it was fun to dress-up. My family went as the Parkers – Spidergirl, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. We had fun, ate, drank and got home late.
Today, we slept in (until 8!), made breakfast and went for a walk around the neighborhood. Then, we visited our local bakery for caffeine and sweet treats. On our walk home, I started making a mental checklist of everything that needed to get done around the house. I started to dread the day I was planning in my head. Laundry, cleaning and list-making (the never-ending list-making…) didn’t sound appealing but I told myself I’d be happy once the tasks were complete. Before tackling my to-do list, I checked my inbox and paused after reading this nugget of wisdom from Yoga Journal:
Most of us are judged in life by how quickly we can get things done. Because of this, it’s hard to develop the opposite mindset: one of slowing down, getting centered, and relaxing.
Many yoga classes start with a transitional period between public life and the privacy of the practice. In this period, students can simply build awareness of their own breath in order to prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually for practice. For some students, this process of slowing down is extremely difficult. Continually rushing from one activity to the next, many people are used to being hurried and impatient, so much so that it’s almost impossible to relax and get centered.
If this is true for you, ask yourself: Am I rushing because I’m under stress or am I under stress because I’m rushing? Is it always necessary to hurry so much? Would you be able to run your life just as effectively at a slower pace? If so, take some small steps to slow it down, one day at a time.
Most days on the mat, I welcome this change of pace but outside of my inconsistent yoga practice, it’s a struggle. Today, it is not necessary to hurry. I can get the house to a comfortable state of clean during Ingrid’s nap. Today, I’m skipping the list-making. Ingrid is playing with Play-Doh and watching another random Disney Junior show. I’m debating my next move: to read about Harry Potter or download Lena Dunham’s new book. Decisions, decisions.
Whether you’re rushing around or taking it easy, enjoy this wonderful Saturday!