Like, wake up early, have a full morning practice that includes some kind of cleansing, breathing, meditation, perhaps also exercising and journaling. And how about inspirational reading? Yeah, that one can really shift your mindset positively. Then of course there’s food, got to be healthy, organic, local, homemade possibly. Maybe you’ll also want to fit a protein shake or freshly made green juice somewhere.
I’m not saying that once in a while you may not have the time to do all of that and more. But the problem is that doing anything once in a while doesn’t yield consistent results. I think that’s pretty easy to understand. In fact I’ll go as far as saying that allocating 15 to 30 minutes daily to a set of specific health practices (say, 10 minutes of yoga postures, 5 of breathing and 15 of meditation) will do you much more good than a full 90-minute yoga class twice a week, or a 45-minute meditation once a week.
That’s what it’s all about. I am not basing this advice on any scientific study (although I am sure they exist, seems like there’s a scientific study to support every theory and practice out there!), but rather I am coming from my own 20-year experiment with various types of self-care models. The “whenever-I-think-of -it” model. The “60-minute-daily” model. The “2-to-3 hour-daily-for-a-month-then-nothing-for -3-months” model. And then the “10-to-30-minute-daily” model. And I have found the latter works best. It’s also probably the most challenging at first to get into, because although 10 to 30 minutes is not long, setting that time aside for oneself every day does take a firm commitment. But the rewards are so great that I can only urge you to give it a try.
I would also recommend you set that time aside in the morning. Early morning is by far the best time of day to focus solely on ourselves, energize the body, focus the mind and tune in to our higher self, all that BEFORE stepping out into the world. You can be sure that if you don’t get it done then, it ain’t gonna happen later. Especially at this time of the year.
How about starting a morning practice now, at this specific time of year? Again, trust me, later never comes. Plus, in my humble opinion having a morning practice firmly in place is the only way to stay chill and actually enjoy the festivities. And if you can stick to it during this busy time of year, comes January it will feel like a breeze. My bet is also that by then you’ll feel so “on top of it” that continuing with your morning ritual will be a real pleasure! And pleasurable it HAS to be. If you go through your morning practice just to check it off your to-do list, might as well skip it. Really. What a dreadful way to start the day! And so to keep things joyful start small. Just be consistent. 🙂
If you’d like to find out more about this morning practice business, join me in partnership with the Ayurveda Center NY, on December 11th 6:30pm-8:30pm. You will learn:
• The various elements of a morning practice to address your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
• How to choose what to include in your morning practice to suit your personal needs and psyho-physical profile.
• How to actually implement it!
You will be guided through several practices aimed at getting you calm, centered and connected, ready to enjoy all the holiday fun without losing yourself or your temper. Click the orange button below to save your spot!
* And as a sweet holiday treat we are offering everyone attending this event *