073010. Firstly, I’m happy to be back online. Been struggling with the wireless connection where we’re staying in LA, and it’s a relief to be here again! Thanks for your patience! And thanks, SC, for figuring out what was wrong. You rock.
And now back to our regularly scheduled post:
… “Keep up and you’ll be kept up,” is one of Yogi Bhajan’s one-liners that pointedly hits the nail on the head for me. I use it a lot (in my past life as a movie producer, in my current life as a yoga teacher and mom, and in my own experience as a human living in this mad mad mad mad world.)
Because even though it can feel overwhelming, there’s nothing that life throws your way that you can’t handle. When a storm takes out the roof of your house, your partner has to take a job a thousand miles away, bills are piling up and you’re starting a new career, but childcare is hard to find, your mom gets sick and your dogs are fighting, and you’ve had to move four times in less than one year … it’s pretty easy to get out of balance.
So we get stressed, and we start obsessing and forget what’s really important … and that’s when things start going haywire. We get sick, we get tired, we run out of time, we run out of patience … we find ourselves "in the weeds."
I know for me, this is when I start to eat things I shouldn’t be eating (refined sugar, anything fried, etc.) I stop sleeping the way I should be sleeping (my bedtime gets later and later, and I find myself on the sofa at 2 am watching reruns of Throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network). It’s when I start to make excuses to not do my own yoga practice (“I have no time”), to not meditate (“I have other things to do”), to not take care of myself (“It’s easier to stop at Astro Burger and have a grilled cheese than to make a salad”).
But guess what? You can "keep up." There is time. You have the energy. You have the ability.
Think about it ... it takes less than a minute to focus on your breath and “meditate,” there are yoga sets and poses that take less than 3 minutes (it's not enough, but it's something), putting an apple and a PB&J in your bag before leaving the house in the morning takes a LOT less time than stopping at any restaurant (fast food or otherwise), and turning off the television and getting to bed before midnight is the easiest thing of all.
And if other things are more important, then why not find time to make myself ready to deal with them. If you're not at the top of your game, those other “important things” won’t get the best you, and what good is that?In fact, there's a pretty great post on Zenhabits this week that gives really good insight into "getting it all done."
So … after a week of ignoring the stuff that keeps me grounded and sane and present … the stuff that makes it a lot easier to keep up … I’m going to go eat a salad ...
Q: How do you get yourself back on track?