“I can’t make it to yoga tonight I’m too busy.”
You’d be surprised how often I hear this. Or maybe you wouldn’t because maybe you too have been swept up into this pandemic state of being chronically busy and stressed. I sometimes suffer too so I’m certainly not having a go at any of my lovely yogis who have missed classes because of this, nor am I passing any judgement.
However, I find this reasoning quite ironic because of course it is exactly when we are so stressed, busy and tired that we really need to take the time out for ourselves to do something like yoga – though perhaps a restorative class or some meditation rather than a power vinyasa class if we’re exhausted. The irony doesn’t end there – who of us will admit to driving like a strung out maniac in order to get to yoga class on time? I know I have, which I find both hilarious and ridiculous at the same time. So what is it about our lives that has allowed or even worse, forced us into this state? Perhaps it’s nothing in particular, just modern day living, our new normal.
I also find it interesting how people wear their busy-ness as a badge of honour, almost like we’re all trying to one-up each other on just how much we’re attempting to squeeze into our day. I hear myself doing it too. Personally I’d much rather be boasting about how long I sat and meditated in the garden for – or how awesome my yoga and savasana were today – but I don’t seem to be able to get off the merry-go-round and I find that while I might indeed meditate and do yoga, too often they are simply more items to squeeze in to my daily agenda.
So what can we do about it? Well…….I’m heading off to spend a month in Tuscany on a yoga teacher training with no internet access (GASP!) so that should help. But what about for those of us who can’t escape (and for when I get back)? How about trying to do less but with increased intention, mindfulness instead of being in a constant state of flux and missing out on the little things, they’re often the best.
“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day – unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” - Zen proverb