I can’t speak for you, but I know that the first things to fall away when I’m under stress are the very things that keep me balanced and centered, such as meditation, sleep routines, and nourishing eating.
How about you?
I was reminded again of this fact as the stress of the last two months gave way to a compromised immune system and two weeks of being unwell. You would think that I would know better.
Of course I do, but knowing and doing are two different things.
The joy (and job) of living a spiritual life is that we have the opportunity to use our free will to acquire and maintain the skills we need for our journey. It is a path of self-discipline.
Self-discipline is a bit like housework. It needs to be continually attended to. As do our meditation or centering practices, exercise, nutrition, and sleep routines. You don’t just do it once and job done. It’s an ongoing daily process.
And the moment you don’t believe you have time, or can’t, is exactly when you need to be doing it! But boy does it take a bit of focus and prioritising to do.
If recommitting fully back to your routines feels unrealistic, start small:
- 10mins of meditation and/or breathing,
- 10mins of stretching
- Go to bed half an hour earlier
- Finish computer or digital work half an hour before bed
You can increase these each day or week until your routine is back in place.
What works for you? I’d love to hear.
As I recommit to my routines and restoration of balance, I wish for you the same.