One of the things I promised myself when I returned from teacher training was that I would continue with the 30-minute meditation we practiced each morning. Without fail I would rise at the crack of dawn and sit in quiet contemplation. Every morning. For thirty minutes. Without fail. Oh yeah, and then I’d add thirty minutes of yoga. Adding this to my crowded schedule would have the alarm going off sometime around five. That’s actually before the crack of dawn.
And yet, I tried. For about three days. Until my plan was shot down by my pesky snooze alarm.
So how do we do it? How do we keep the promises we make to ourselves?
Easy. One step at a time. With forgiveness. By accepting that the desire to change should be a joy and not a chore.
The new plan? Three days a week. Ten minutes at a time. Either in the morning or the afternoon. On some days maybe both. And when it becomes a part of who I am, then four days a week, and then five.
You see where I’m going here. It doesn’t matter if it’s meditation, or asana practice, or going to the gym. Change doesn’t happen over night. We don’t go to bed on a Sunday evening and wake up on a Monday morning a new person.
It takes commitment and patience. It takes love. And we’re worth it.