How much time do you have to invest in yourself?
When I say invest, I am speaking from the meditation and yoga instructor point of view. For example if I spend 5 minutes and do sun salutes in the morning, my back won’t hurt for the rest of the day. Or sitting on my cushion at the end of the day for 5 minutes I will minimize monkey mind while I lay in bed ready to sleep. This time spent on my investment will make my day or night go more smoothly.
Maybe if we used the word invest instead of saying I don’t have time for …(fill in the blank) we would think differently about self care. I often hear “I don’t have time for this” the question could be reframed “What do you want to invest your time in?”
What we are really saying is, I don’t want to do these things, I didn’t have to think about them when I was younger why should I now. As we age things don’t heal as quickly or we don’t recover like we use to.
Do you 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening – or maybe 10, 20, 30? If it means, keeping back-pain at bay or digestion working properly or quirky shoulders in check, how much time would you invest toward keeping things flowing smoothly?
It comes back to, how do I want to live and what do I want.
What do you want to be able to do at 71? Do you want get down on the floor and play with your dogs or grandkids, or continue to bike or ski or simply walk.
Pause and make the invest in yourself.