How stable is your practice? Do you have an every day practice? Do you take rest on Saturday, do you go to the Led Class on Sunday?
Yes, my dear, yes, yes.
This morning I realized I didn't miss a single practice this year (yes I know it is only January 20, but hey, be nice) and as I didn't have a proper New Year's Resolution (because I don't smoke, I don't have to lose (very much) weight and I am not cheating on my husband) I now came up with this one: to practice yoga every d-a-m-n day. And by yoga, I mean Ashtanga Yoga, the method as it is taught in Mysore, India. Because sure, I can do restorative yoga every day for twenty minutes and that will be very comforting and nice, but it is Ashtanga Yoga what I practice. It is a physical and a spiritual practice. Abs and energy. A toned body and gratitude. I will go to the shala six days a week (five if it is a Moon Day like last Wednesday) and if I am not in town (because I do fly around the globe, you know. Ha, no I don't, although in three weeks I will fly to Barcelona, Spain, for four days) I will practice wherever I am. So my mat will be with me all the time this year. What about that!
And another thing. last week I read this book of Max Strom. I think it is clear, simple (don't get me wrong, simple writing is the most difficult writing) and inspiring. In this book, Max Strom says to go easy on opinions. That it is better for you to practice to have less opinions in a day. I liked this idea and I immediately put it on my To Do List.
To have less opinions. About what or who? Mostly about other people. So no longer: I think she is dull with her boring sweater and her soft voice and her ridiculous point of view about veganism. Why? To become a better person. To ease my mind.
The first days:
'I think his breathing is too loud.'
'Why is she late?'
'Did you see that man's shoes?''
I think it is stupid to eat cold food after practice.'
'I don't think you should have another coffee.'
All these thoughts, I tried to ignore them. I swallowed them. I kept quiet.
Suddenly I have very little to talk about because now I know I usually talk about things that bother me.
The next step is to not have an opinion about my quietness.
And the step after that is to not have an opinion about other people's opinions. More than ever I notice how people are spreading and sharing their opinions to me. About everything! About everyone! All day long!
To not have an opinion is hard work.