I hear many friends are having hard time to secure their “me-time”/ time for taking online yoga and meditation class while the social-distancing is required for the community effort of controling COVID-19 .
Here are my suggestion, dear friends ;
- Tell, discuss, or announce everybody in the house that you are going to take some time for yourself.
- Clean your designated or available space and your body.
- Set up music, lighting, and scent.
Tell, discuss, or announce everybody in the house that you are going to take some time for yourself.
This is essential. You must have felt the challenge with your children and pets about asking to obtain their agreement for giving some space to you.
First of all, decide how long you want for your “me-time”. Maybe for 30 minutes? Maybe for one hour? With your baby, I understand you need to pay all attention 24/7 to your baby. But they will be with you and give you some brief “me-time” without arguments. Find mom/dad and me yoga or baby massage online class to incorporate caring your baby and yourself into your yoga practice. With older kids, you can just gently ask them if you can have your time alone. It would be a great chance to teach kids respect other’s space and time. With pets, you can have chill time with them. If your pets are hyper energetic, you can leave them outside in secure way so you don’t have to worry about them or give them another room. They may whine, but, this is also a great chance to teach them a discipline and also for you and your pets can learn boundaries.
With discussion with your cohabiting beings and obtaining the agreements from them, you and your peoples and pets practice a part of yoga discipline called Yamas. In classical Ashtanga yoga discipline (eight limbs of yoga), you practice Yama (list of self-restraints) and Niyamas (list of observances). Yama is consisted Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness, non-dishonesty), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (conservation of energy, non-wasting), Aparigraha (non-greedness).
Clean the designated or available space.
When you get down on your yoga mat, first thing you’ll notice is the cleanliness of the floor (and your yoga mat, too). Vacuum, dusting, wipe the floor and mat before you have your “me-time”. The next thing you’ll notice is your own hygiene and grooming. Long toenails, smell of your breath or BO, greasy hair etc… Cleaning the rooms and taking care of your self-hygiene are very basic but they could be slip away from time to time especially you have caved in your home and away from social mingles… Cleanliness is a part of Niyamas. Niyama is consisted with Saucha (cleanliness), Santosa (contentment), Tapas (self-discipline, austerity), Savadhyaya (self-study), Ishwarapranidhana (Surrender to something bigger, Letting go of egoistic control).
Set up music, lighting, and scent.
Setting up music, lighting, and scent for your space is completely up to your own comfort. If you change the mood of the room where you share with others, family, roommates will notice and will respect your space. Please be compassionate towards others and respect others’ preference for sounds, brightness and type of scent or smoke from the candle and incense… This will be another practice of Yamas. Put up a note or sign on the door or somewhere others can see is another solution. Write a note or sign like “Me-time in process…”, “Yoga time” or whatever you want to call your time.
You’ll realize that just finding or setting up your own space for your “me-time” is also a part of your “me-time”/yoga practice. Start slow and build your foundation, then you’ll have relaxation which is the final state of yoga, Samadhi (ultimate relaxation, oneness).
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I’d like to share one simple way to take care of oneself with you. Being honest and truthful to yourself is a powerful way to take care of yourself.
Ask yourself before you say and do anything.
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?
Is it beneficial?
One of my old friend gave me a card about 13 years ago. On that card, there are only four lines. Those are the four gates to be truthful. I kept this card all those years but it was always in a pocket in my purse and this card didn’t get a chance to see the Sun . Then one day this card became a family treasure, when I shared this card with my husband. My husband saw a great value in this wisdom, he and I practice of being truthful with this card in daily life ever since then. Both of us mostly practice these lines when we speak. But the other day, I thought these lines can be practice not only in my speech but also in my action. I want to be honest and be truthful to myself. So I ask myself:
Is it what I truly want to do? (Do I truly want to eat this cookie?)
Is it necessary for me and others? (Is eating cookie this time of the day necessary?)
Is it kind to me and others ? (Is eating cookie kind to my mind/soul, body and digestion?)
Is it beneficial to me and others ? (Is eating cookie beneficial to my mind/soul, body and digestion?)
Asking these four questions to yourself, then if all answers are “yes” and your heart feels good about the answer, go ahead to enjoy what you say “yes” to do being honest and truthful to yourself.
Practicing being truthful needs a discipline. It easily slip away from your head. But once you know this wisdom and practice a few time, I believe you can feel the benefit of this practice immediately. Being honest to yourself is such a wonderful feeling and it’s liberating.
By the way, being truthful is one of the discipline of Ashtanga yoga; the eight limbs of yoga, called Satya in Sanskrit. But that will be another topic in the future blog…