Have you ever noticed how often when you ask someone how they are, the answer is "busy." It seems like we are all running around frantically through our lives. It's become some sort of weird badge of honor. "Busy."
During my years working in corporate, I was really proud of what I thought was my advanced ability to multi-task. I’d bring my laptop into meetings and wolf down lunch during conference calls. I even thought it was super-efficient and smart of me to return texts while on the toilet. I found a strange satisfaction in doing no less than two things at once during all of my waking hours.
I was a product of the achievement-oriented society that glorifies the fast-pace and "busy." We over-schedule ourselves and our kids. For years, my ego was wrapped up in the idea of myself as a person who got shit done. I lived on auto-pilot and raced through the to-do's. I was future-focused. Effective. Ambitious. Productive. Miserable.
Lately I've paused and asked myself why I thought this lifestyle was to be revered. My journey deeper into the practices of yoga and meditation have had me slow down and take notice. Yes, there is still a lot that has to get done. But, I choose to do one thing at a time. I spend 10 minutes a day doing nothing at all and focus on my breath. I’m more aware of my thoughts and conscious about how I show up in the world. More and more, I respond instead of react. I’ve deepened my connection with people. I’m more patient with my kids. I taste my food when I eat it. I do not text from the toilet. I’m at least 20% happier.
Mindfulness practices can bring you the incredible gift of contentment and reduce your stress. Yoga and meditation is a great way to cultivate your well-being. Find time within the "busy" and takes steps toward experiencing your life in a different way. A list of my upcoming public classes is below. You can also make an appointment for private instruction at your home. I can work with you one-on-one or as a part of a small group of your friends.
See you on the mat,