Well that was quite unpleasant!
I tend to walk most days but for the last two days I haven’t, being the occasionally frustrated mother of a boy and a dog who both refuse to go for walks when it is cold and wet. Marcus went to his dad’s earlier on, and after some initial reluctance (I’m not hugely keen on the cold myself!) I layered up and went out into Storm Emma and her blizzard.
I’d had an idea I’d go for quite a long walk to make up for the inactivity of the last 2 days but when I got out I knew I wouldn’t want to be out for long, I couldn’t look ahead of me without getting snow in my eyes, and as walking looking at my feet is no fun, I decided just to do a short stroll.
It wasn’t the most enjoyable walk I have ever done, but I am really glad I did it. My body and mind needed it. I feel more awake now than I have done all day, I can feel my ears tingling as they reacclimatise to the warmth of the house, and I have worked up a good appetite for the lentil dahl I have been dreaming about as I have been walking. I feel refreshed and energised and looking forward to the activities I have planned for the rest of the day (mostly yoga, blog post writing and working on my monthly club planning – but first, dahl and redbush tea.
Not wanting to do it isn’t a good enough reason not to do it
In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna is counselled by Krishna as he tries to avoid the task he knows he must fulfil, fighting on the battlefield against people he knows and loves. Krishna teaches Arjuna about the need to do what must be done, to do the right thing when it needs to be done, and not to shirk from that need. This is Dharma, our personal duty in life. Krishna guides Arjuna to see that he might not like what he has to do, but he has to do it nonetheless.
The things we have to do in life often aren’t pleasant, aren’t easy, and often require us to overcome fear, self doubt, resistance and apathy, to name but a few obstacles the human mind can create. I could have easily talked myself out of going out this afternoon, and I am sure that many people would have thought me wise to do so, but my body and general sense of wellbeing would have suffered had I done so.
I admit that I often allow my mind to build excuses into cold hard facts (I can’t possibly do that because [insert excuse here]), but every single time I am able to rise above these excuses and do the thing I am resisting, I am always really happy I did.
What can you do to help yourself overcome those excuses created in your mind, and move in the direction of the life you want?
Tomorrow (Saturday 3 March) I am running two webinars to share 10 tools to manage stress and emotions in recovery and beyond through Yoga. There are two sessions of the webinar available, so you can pick the one that suits you best, or you can register to get access to the replay. You can find out more here, I hope you can join me!