My biggest pattern is when my mind talks me out of things are that good for me yet I put my daily/professional/family/”adult” responsibilities before me. So when do when change our priorities and put ME before Thee? On the other hand, some people are “trained” to do the opposite meaning when do they put Thee before ME?
Like everything in life, it’s a balancing act and we can only be the judge of what works for us. Nevertheless, my yoga (Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yoga Bhajan) speaks of putting ME before anything else at least 1 hour a day. And if you are too busy for 1 hour, then you need 2 hours.
When you think about it, 60 minutes is not a ton of time to for yourself and it will go by quickly. I know you are thinking otherwise however, start with 20 or 30 minutes of undistributed attention for you to start and then build towards 60. Nothing comes overnight and if you try jamming your yogic practice into your day, you will hate it and believe your mind over what is possible. So it starts the day/night before to create the time/space for this habit into your day. We make time for everything else in our day including eating.
“We make everything in our lives important except learning about our Selves.” Yogi Bhajan
Even when we forget (if our day is that busy) yet, when do we feed our spirit? Is it because it’s not a physical entity that we it’s easier to put it to the side? just like ourselves…..since it’s not outside of us, we can’t pay attention to it….maybe that’s it?! So then my last question to ask……why do we have to see something to believe it instead of hear it through our intuition?
We have become socially conditioned to produce and be productive yet we have not trained ourSELVES to be heros for their own spirits. I’m not saying drop everything to go up to the Himilayas and meditate and live off of plants and berries, but I am saying when is the last time you bowed your head, sat back, took a breathe and forgave yourself for taking advantage of the very person/spirit that drives you? That’s all……sit with yourself and give that person just as much attention as you do for others.
Time is the only thing that you can not replenish like your bank account. So with that comes planning but moreso determining priorities. At the end of the day/morning/night, you will decide with your actions.
Thank you to my dear friend who reminds me to go on my FREE magic carpet ride.