I find myself writing a lot about busy times right now because 1. I'm in a busy time, and 2. The times seem to be the biggest challenges to daily practice.
During busy times, we often step out of bed and from the minute our feet hit the floor, we're feeling the pressure of a list of "I have tos." And at these moments in the work year, it feels as though the mounting commitments cannot wait.
But this is precisely the time to insist that they can. Taking the morning 30 minutes-2 hours to meditate, do yoga, and write is a way of reclaiming what is truly so important that it can't wait.
From my experience, it's not just because yoga and meditation are my priorities that they can't wait, it's that if I don't put them first they just don't happen. And yet, I tend to not give those practices the feelings of urgency that I assign to much less pressing, and, I'd argue, less time-sensitive tasks such as answering emails and grading exams.
Although emails and exam grading feel as though they are time pressured, I am increasing learning that they will always be there for me, for better or worse. When I finish my yoga and writing practice, those other tasks are still lounging around, waiting for me to come hang out.
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