Although I’ve always loved yoga, there have been times I’ve let my yoga mat collect dust in the closet (aka: after my son was born ).
I didn’t think I had time to do yoga.
The more you think you don’t have time for yoga, the more you need to take time to do yoga.
As Ganga White says, “Yoga doesn’t take time. It gives time.”
Here’s a funny story from Steve Covey’s book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” which explains why..
Yoga is a terrific time management tool, because it stills both your body and your mind – so you can see and do your life at its sharpest and highest vitality best.
There was this guy (GUY#1) who was sawing down a tree with a very long, dull saw – and so it was taking him a very long, dull time.
His friend (GUY#2) tried to get him to stop sawing – so he could sharpen his saw – thereby allowing his work to move forward more swiftly.
GUY#1 declined saying, “I can’t take the time to sharpen the saw. I’m too busy sawing the tree.”
Unfortunately, GUY#1 did not see what GUY#2 saw.
When you slow down to sharpen your saw, you save time- by improving how you “saw” away at anything you might need to do!
This “taking time to get sharp” philosophy applies to all kinds of actions – whatever you might be working on, writing, drawing, creating, playing, problem-solving, making a decision about, etc.
Basically, when you take time to sharpen up, you see things more clearly, and do them at a higher level!
The time you spend doing yoga becomes time you save later – and then some!
All of this reminds me of something in a favorite book called “Slowness” by Milan Kundera.
(Note: Ironically this was a slender book I sped through in a day!) Kundera explains how we live in a highly speeded-up culture.
Our need for speed promotes forgetting and sleep-walking through life.
Kundera warns how speeding up your life not only keeps you from remembering daily details (“Oops! Forgot to pick up blueberries!”) but also keeps you forgetful about your overall life values – how in your soul you truly want to live a passion-filled, love-filled, growth-filled, fun-filled life.
The next time you find yourself racing quickly down the street, know that you’re not only running to your next appointment, you are literally running from contact with your truest feelings, deepest needs and most valuable insights.
I know right now there are some very smart inventors out there who are trying to create more fancy-shmancy devices to save you more time – like “time-saving apps” or “time-saving technological devices.”
You don’t need any more time-saving devices – which quickly morph into schedule-clogging, mind-clogging and feeling-clogging devices.
Instead you need more “time-savoring devices” – which help you slow down and become more mindful of who you are and what you value for a happy life.
Yoga is both a terrific “time management tool” and a beautiful “time savoring device” – because it helps to keep your energy strong, your mind clear, and your soul in the driver’s seat – so you do your life as your highest self – while enjoying the beauty of each unfolding moment.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.