By Meryn McClelland
It’s 6:00am and the bells of my alarm startle me from a peaceful sleep. I reach toward my phone and the message, morning yoga and meditation, flashes across the lit screen. I tap snooze, as I always do, ending the jingle. So begins another day. I hit snooze until there’s just barely enough time to complete the tasks which get me out the door on time. This is most mornings.
This has become the routine. It’s been done enough times that on some mornings the snooze gets hit without even a thought. As I rush out the door I think, Ugh, why did I do this again?
We all have habits we aren’t proud of. We all struggle in one way or another with the desire to do better, and to establish more desirable practices.
Habits are the result of the same small choice being made over and over. I choose an extra nine minutes of sleep over and over because in the moment I believe that this will bring me the most satisfaction. At least, more satisfaction than a 6:00am asana sequence.
After enough instances of this same choice being made time and time again, our brains establish the habit and make the choice “without even thinking”. The habit transforms into an automated response. We begin to go about the habits of our days without even thinking. Without even being present.
In this way, I believe that we become what we practice. We are things that we do, and we are the things that we put our energy toward.
Habits are the product of the same small choice being made over and over. What if we can see these small choices as gifts? What if we see each choice as a wonderful opportunity to make positive change in our practices? In this way, we can practice in countless ways every single day.
And, what if we resist the urge to judge ourselves and those around us on the ways we can be better? Practice, in its very essence implies imperfection. Why would we practice something we’re already an expert at?
We practice to learn, grow, and get better. We’re students working toward joy. And so as we learn about the positive habits we wish to manifest in our lives, and decide on the ways we’ll practice getting there, let’s also remember to show care and compassion to ourselves and those around us as we journey on. One small snooze at a time.
For more conversation on this topic, please join in on the comments section below.
What are you putting your energy toward?
What is a habit you would like to change?
How do you work to establish positive habits in your life?
What do your practices say about who you are?
1) like, appreciate, or understand
2) discover information after a search or investigation
3) bring out something that is hidden or has been stored for a long time
4) extract from the ground by breaking up and moving earth
The name for this yoga blog was inspired by the Rainer Maria Rilke’s quote:
“Dig into yourself for a deep answer.”
We live in the age of information. We have answers everywhere from Wikipedia, Google, You-tube and Trip Advisor. But as Rilke advises we must "dig" into ourselves for the "deep" answer. We may have to unearth a lot of obstacles before we discover our truths. But as yogis, we make the U-turn of awareness from the outside world to the inside world of thoughts, emotions and digging up conditioned patterns.
Our intention for this blog, is to help students with this process. As yogi’s, we are like archaeologists excavating tension and holding patterns within the body/mind.
Sri Sri Shankar writes, “I tell you, deep inside you is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep inside your core is truth, light, love. There is no guilt, there is no fear there. Psychologists, or most people have never looked deep enough.”
Writings about asana (postures) will be rare, as there is much already written about that. We will explore concepts relating to the other limbs of yoga and other avenues to help students dig deep.