Making Time

My morning practice takes some time — anywhere from 1 1/2 to two hours.  Even though we are retired Bob and I still work.  We just don’t go somewhere else to work and we don’t collect regular paychecks.  Like most people, one reason we work is that we need the money.  Sometimes that need takes over and my morning practice starts being seen as a nuisance that just takes up too much time. 

So I start experimenting with ways to shorten it.  I take my yoga practice down to 1/2 hour.  Then I decide I don’t need to practice every day (believe me, I do).  The morning walk goes by the wayside as do other things like my art.  I become a really strung out mess going around saying things like, “there’s just not enough time to get everything done” and “I didn’t move to the lake to work this hard, I’m always exhausted.”  Preparing healthy meals becomes a dreaded chore rather than something done with love.  It’s just not pretty.  Can anyone else relate to this?  I sure hope I’m not the only one.  🙂

So what causes all this?  Well, first my priorities get out of order.  Our lives have never been about making huge amounts of money.  While we do need to work to generate extra retirement income, our situation is not as dire as it sometimes becomes in my thoughts.  Misplaced priorities lead to ignoring the way my body works.  I have always tired easily.  When you’ve lived with something that many would consider a limitation for almost 60 years you figure out ways to work with it.  Trying to do more than my body can do only results in exhaustion and eventually illness.  I know this — but sometimes I forget.  Eventually I come back to my true self and things settle down.  But I do wish I could stop taking these frantic detours.

So, what’s my point in all this?  We talk about “values” and what is important to us, but when people look at our lives, is that what they see?  If we say family comes first, yet we never find the time to spend with them are we living what we say we value?

After my latest detour I find myself back to one hour of morning yoga, followed by reading the Daily Word, a brief Tai Chi practice and my morning walk.  I will eventually be combing Tai Chi and the walk.  This is a meditative walk, not exercise.  Then I can get to work.  Know what I’ve finally realized?  Work goes better.  I get more done when I am calm and relaxed rather than in a frenzy worrying that “we’re going to starve.”  I am also able to stop resenting what I am doing and enjoy life.

I understand that not everyone can find two hours to devote to spiritual practice.  But just as we make time to stop for morning coffee and check social media  we need to make time to slow down, get centered and start living what we say we believe.

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4 thoughts on “Making Time”

  1. I am a very dedicated person when it comes to certain things in my life: my vegetarian, now vegan diet and my athletic lifestyle. I’ve kept these two things for the last 40 years integrated into my life all the time… There have been evolutions over time: like the switch from vegetarianism to being a vegan and being a hardcore athlete to more softcore, but I still keep up both these things “religiously”. I think it has to do with priorities we set for ourselves and they come from our core beliefs, ethics, and what feels good. Many people have not been able to understand either of my practices or how I dedicated my life to them or how I have made the time over the years. Sometimes it has been difficult…getting up at 3:30 am when I worked early jobs to make the routines happen. Or giving up something else. Or why I would choose to not eat animal products. I can explain, and have, but it doesn’t really matter what others think, because it’s really only about our own soul choices. Good luck with yours! xoxo

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