I’ll share my 2013 Resolutions one at a time. I’ve always felt that the ideal complement to TI Practice is yoga practice. Not just because they’re so similar in spirit, but because one of my primary life goals is to be strong, supple and agile at 85 — and, should fortune allow it, beyond. Whenever I do yoga regularly I’m convinced that there’s nothing better I can do on dry land to make that likely. I always feel better in body, mind and spirit when I combine swim and yoga, doing both several x a week.
Problem is, I fall out of practice and find it hard to resume. So my initial idea was to mark the calendar with a Y each day I did yoga for at least 10 minutes, with a goal of having at least 200 days marked by this time next year.
But as I wrote Small is Beautiful in my previous post I decided to walk that back and resolve only to do yoga for 5 consecutive days, for a minimum of 25 min. Then build on that.
Three days ago, I signed up for a 10-class card at a local studio. Step 1 completed.
I took classes that day and the next. Taking classes has always been easy. Day 3–yesterday–was the test. Practicing yoga alone at home has often required a resolve I lack.
At 6pm I began preparing a lentil veggie soup for dinner. At 6:30 I reduced the heat to simmer, then had 40 minutes until it would be ready.
I put on comfortable clothes, and took my Enso Salubrion clock – which I use to regulate (enforce) writing periods – set it to 25 minutes and began doing asanas. After 25 minutes the tibetan bell chime rang and I was so thoroughly immersed I kept going for another 5 to 6 minutes. Three days done and I’ll have my first 5-day string complete on New Year’s Eve!
Isn’t that’s just how achieving a resolution should feel?
And now I’ll set my Enso clock and resume working on the ebook I’ve resolved to complete by the end of Jan.