You’d be surprised how much progress you can make with even a small amount of practice, applied regularly.
Here’s what we’ve learned:
- By creating time to pause you are creating more time in your day. It is great to inspire a rhythm where moments of pause frequent your day. A pause can be 3 breaths, 10 minutes or quick cuppa. Multiple pauses throughout the day, even if they’re short, interrupt the busy-ness of the mind. Therefore it’s more efficient, as you can approach everything you do with more presence and attention – getting your to-do-list done with more ease and focus.
- When you move your body you generate more energy. It is simple biology, when you exercise you release endorphins which make you feel happy and energised. Small regular moments of movement will fill up your cup through out the day (and may even replace that piece of chocolate that you crave at 3pm!) It is easy to get overwhelmed or demotivated by trying to fit an hours of exercise each day, sometimes 5 or 10 minutes here and there is all you need.
- Progress may not be noticeable in the first week, but it is after a couple of weeks. If you’re just getting started with a daily practice or you are in the process of establishing more consistency, you may not see any difference at first. That’s OK, keep doing it. After a couple of weeks, you’ll notice some solid progress, and a month into it, you’ll be aware of a significant difference in your energy levels and general state of equanimity. Keep at it.
- Small doses make it easy to do daily. If you want to dive straight into hour long practices morning and night, you may find that it is only sustainable for awhile. Life has a funny way of getting busy. Maybe you miss 2-3 days in a row — then you lose motivation, and become discouraged. It’s better to do it in small doses, because it’s easier to get started when you know you’re just doing 10-15 minutes, and it’s easier to find the time and motivation for small sessions.
- Make sure it’s fun. Doing a chore is boring and hard, and you’ll put it off, even if it’s just a 10-minute session. Instead, don’t make it a chore that you have to get through. Make it a gift that you look forward to giving yourSelf. Or a moment of magic and loveliness.
Bring the gift of small, regular practice to your life with these 5 Guided Practices.
EMBODIMENT – 3 Practices for Dynamic Embodied Living
MOVEMENT – 12 Minute Floor Based Stretch
SOUND – A Mantra for Compassion & Healing
STILLNESS – 10 Minute Meditation to Let Go of the Day
VISUALISATION – Regenerating Love, Courage & Resilience