5 Tips for Maintaining Your Resolve to Practice
What’s in it For You?
Begin by making a list of all the benefits you feel when you commit to your practice. Do it right now. Take 15 minutes for a short meditation or qigong practice. Be mindful of how you feel before and after. Be sure to include the many levels that you feel the benefits, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Create your list as a reminder for yourself that this is important to you. Your list can be a motivator and reminder of your power to transform your life.
Create a defined personal practice space. It is so much easier to practice in a clear and defined space. It does not have to be large just designated. Keep what you need in this space. A mat, blanket, meditation cushion, mala or whatever props support your practice. Treat this space with respect and ask others to do so. Feel the energy of this practice space transform as you consistently use it for yoga, qigong, and/or meditation.
Set a goal for practice that is realistic. Many resolutions fail simply because they are not possible to maintain. It is fine to determine a duration for your practice such as 20 or 30 minutes a day. However, be sure to establish when and how this particular time fits into your daily schedule. If it helps schedule yourself into your calendar at the beginning of each week. Remember to treat your appointment with yourself with as much respect as you would if it were someone else.
A daily practice is a continuous journey of self-growth and awareness. It is not always pretty! Expect days that challenge you. Treat these times as opportunities for growth and self-exploration. Where possible attend a class or private session with a qualified instructor at least monthly as a source of support and creating community. For a kick start book a personal package of Yoga Therapy with Linda [book here]
Be Kind to Yourself
So, you begin with your resolution firmly set and for the first 2 weeks you are totally committed. Then events happen as they do and you unavoidably miss a practice day or two. You could berate yourself and let your commitment wain along with a few doses of guilt and self-depreciation. You could create excuses and justify your actions to yourself (who is there to disagree)? Or you could treat yourself with loving kindness acknowledge a slip in your commitment to practice is inevitable and get back on track.