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So I’ve been meditating (as promised) every day – primarily in the pre-coffee morning, and I must say, I’m getting about as in touch with myself as I might through the yellow pages. In the morning I’m stiff, I’m crusty, and I can’t think about much else other than coffee and whether or not to wash my hair that day.
But I continue to do it religiously, adding just a few more seconds to the timer on the microwave each time I get ready to start. I’m not judging what I’m doing (and I always judge myself), or where I’m going in my ‘Om Time’, but rather just getting used to setting the intention to meditate, and hopefully creating a healthy habit.
Setting an intention is something I’m hearing a lot about in my yoga classes as well, and I must say it really resonates with me (and not everything in yoga does….believe me). Setting an intention before I do anything seems to give me more direction and focus. So where setting a yoga class intention might be “I want to focus on working my core throughout this practice as I haven’t seen my abs in six months”, my intention for life off the matt might be “I want to go to this party and meet new people rather than sticking with the safe crowd I already know”.
I’ve started doing this every morning now on the way to the coffee maker which sets the tone for my day. “I want this day to be easy” or “Today I’ll be productive at work (yes, this has to be defined in advance for me”). Then throughout the day I remind myself of my intention, and it just sits at the forefront of my thoughts like a mantra, and seems to pop up when I hit a bump in the road that might otherwise take me off course. Surprisingly, this is actually working for my otherwise scatterbrained approach to life, and I intend to keep working with it!
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Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, healthy recipes, home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.