We are taught and encouraged to do for others. We are rewarded by our accomplishments and degrees of success. Sometimes we are explicitly taught and other times it’s an unsaid cultural expectation.
The most common plea and disappointment I hear repeatedly as the owner of the Beverly Yoga Center is that people don’t have time to practice yoga.
In those same conversations what I hear people saying is that they want to have time and long to have inner quiet.
The truth is that the only way to getting yourself to the yoga mat is to put yourself in the center along with those other things that are important to you. So if reading to your children, cooking dinner, working, volunteering, going on date night’s are important, then YOU must prioritize it.
The meaning of the word nucleus is the heart or central hub for growth and so only a few key things can fit into it.
If it’s not yoga or self care, then remind yourself that what you put in the nucleus of your life is feeding a deeper part of your being. It’s different for everyone and it changes as our life circumstances change. There are levels of priorities.
Human beings get caught by that catchy self talk statement, “I should be.” “I should be doing more yoga. I should be taking better care of myself. I should be 15 pounds lighter. The “shoulds” go on and on and on.
It is essential to ask yourself if you are being deeply fulfilled by what you put at the center of your life. The “shoulds” may get quieter.
Or ask yourself how you spend your time and that will point to where you are living from.
Mundane and repetitive aspects are part of all of our lives. When we feel fed by something deeper it gives us space for joy to emerge.
Stay connected to what’s important to you and revisit your nucleus often. Post it to a sticky note!