Is it just me, or did we go from crawling along to warp speed in a matter of months!? My hammock hangs listlessly in my back yard and my pile of ready-to-read books is gathering dust. As I watch the white space on my calendar shrink with each passing week, I realize I'm inching my way back into the old patterns I was happy to release during the pandemic.
Well no more! I was again inspired by the less-is-more lifestyle when I listened to the Hidden Brain podcast titled Do Less. In it, the host talks about how we are hard wired to add, but not subtract, things into our schedules, projects, businesses, and homes. So now I'm the Marie Kondo of my schedule. If it doesn't "spark joy," it's out! Only when we let go of some old things can new (and even better!) things find their way into our lives.
*For my online yoga peeps: this means you will no longer receive announcements when a new class is up. Just trust me--it's up ;)
I realize not everything we do in life can spark joy. I mean, I rinsed out the curbside compost bin today. Some stuff just has to get done! But if there are obligations that aren't really that obligatory but get in the way of, I don't know, YOGA, then you might consider making a graceful exit. We simply can't go back to the pace we had before. And from what I'm hearing, you're not willing to either.
So as the Summer Solstice approaches, I encourage you to ask yourself if this is you living your best life. And if it is--awesome! Keep going. But if there are some obstacles to your summertime fullness, your balance of effort and ease, then I highly recommend you sit for a minute and see what can go. And don't let go of the things that bring you peace and serenity in order to make time for more draining activities. Let go of something draining. Stand in Superhero Pose, imaginary cape flying behind you, look straight out at the horizon, and vow to only say yes to the "hell yes!" things that come up in your life.
Starting next week, I'm releasing four summer-themed yoga classes on my no-frills YouTube channel. I took Hidden Brain's advice and I subtracted all the poor-quality videos and irrelevant classes. I was left with...well, very little. My silly and quarantine-inspired short videos are still up, as are a couple full length classes from Virtual Open House. But it's time to freshen up for summer! So now, after you've trimmed your schedule of the life-draining fat, you can bring in some high-protein yoga to strengthen, cool, twist, and stretch you into a happier place. And if you like, you can just do 10 minutes. That's the secret of online yoga--it's as much as you like, whenever you want. (No gas required either. )
May you subtract some stuff, grab some down time, and get into living your best life!
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