This thought came to me while doing my morning asana practice. I moved from hands on knees to threading the needle to the right, back to hands and knees, and then down again to the left.
I felt discomfort in my right shoulder blade area, reminding me of the long hours I've been embracing to get things done. And it's therein I had a mini revelation.
I use my yoga as a form of meditation. It's part of my "me time" when I can get it and something I do to enrich my life.
I have a little confession to make, I hate to exercise. I know it's good for me, I do want to do it - but I find myself never justifying the practice enough to myself to really get into it. Then the guilt rises up and it just discourages me more.
But more than just the health and meditative benefits of yoga, for me it's also a change to really honor and connect with my body. As I sit at my desk, or move about my home I do so somewhat distractedly. I know I have a body, I know it allows me to do these things, and I know that it is wise to listen to what it tells me via discomforts or other feelings.
And yet, I seem to wilfully ignore it.
To combat this I do my yoga - even when I don't feel like it. And most recently I've started taking a short walk (its about 10 minutes) around the block. 25 minutes of casual exercise and stretching isn't a lot, but it's a wonderful start. And it's how I am starting a daily meditative practice of honoring my connection with the physical realm - with my body.
Share with me in the comments: are you making a commitment to yourself? Do you struggle with exercising like I do? What are your tips for feeling physically connected?
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