Sunday, January 22, 2012

Faux Emergencies

I got up early this morning, put on soft music, rolled out my yoga mat and started with some deep breathing.
My joints protested, but I eased on. When I do yoga, I don't do any type of routine. I simply do every pose I can remember and I hold them for five breaths. 
I'm not sure why I don't do yoga every day because I always feel great afterwards, but it seems life is always scheming against me to rob me of my time.
Here's the thing -- we all know that we should eat well and steer clear of fast foods, we should exercise daily, we should avoid people who vex our spirits, and people who are a constant drain on our souls, we should call our mothers, visit our friends, and move constantly toward our dreams.
So what is so important that keeps us from doing what we know is good for us? I know there are life emergencies that happen from time to time, but not everything is a life emergency.
Here's what I believe -- I think it's just too darn easy not do do the right things. There! I've said it.
Jim Rohn who is a motivational speaker and writer did an audio program that I listened to twenty years ago called The Art of Exceptional Living
He said some profound things in that presentation that have stuck with me all these years. One of the quotes is: A few errors in judgement, repeated daily can spell disaster.
He also said: If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune.
I'm not sure if old Jim did yoga, but I bet if he did, he wouldn't let faux life emergencies keep him from practicing every day.


  1. Very interesting and motivational.

    Janie Junebug

  2. I know I need to exercise more and don't do it even though I tell myself I will do it.

  3. I only got into my exercise routine after so many many many wasted months/years procrastinating and just being too darned lazy! It's only in the last year and a half of forcing myself to do 30 minutes daily aerobics that I am now enjoying it. The only reason and the only motivator that's turned things round is the results I see. After a year and a half of forcing myself to stick to this regime, (30 minutes daily WITHOUT FAIL!) I've near enough lost my muffin top and love handles! For the first time in over 30 years, I can wear skin tight lycra proudly! LOL! But I remember a year and a half ago - I was so resistant, so unwilling to do this but it was tough love on my part that did it for me! It's a very very hard thing to do! But I'm glad I did. I am now totally totally rambling so off I go!

    Take care

  4. Anonymous1:37 PM

    Hi Rick, That must have been a nice start on your day to really stretch out with yoga, I do pilates every now and then. I have to litterally kick my self to exercise when I get home from work, it's so easy to sit down in the sofa once home, and then it's very hard to get going with some exercise. I try to keep some kind of regularity, and can't wait for the weather to get warmer so that I can start running again. I've just started to work my self back on track after 2 months illness. 30 minutes per day is all it takes :) Enjoy your day!


  5. Those are excellent quotes. Jim had a good handle on life. I am one of the guilty ones that falter on doing the good/right stuff on a daily basis.
    Now I hear on the news that Yoga is bad for us too - causes too many injuries and risks. Seems like some study will always find that something causes cancer or is bad for us somehow. No wonder we have problems committing to healthy lifestyles.

  6. @ Rae, I think the study you saw was directed toward the trend of those who use yoga as a fitness regimin instead of what it was intended to do which is more of a mind/body exercise.
    Yes, If I tried to put my legs behind my neck or do a headstand, I might be in traction.
    I've been doing yoga for years without the first hint of injury.
    @ Kitty, skin tight lycra? Wow :)
    @Belle, start one thing then try to stick with it.
    @ Eve, once my rear-end hits the couch, the law of diminishing intent takes control :)
    @Janie, thanks.


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