I hear this oh so often - here is a wonderful response from SadhGuru; a realized master and yogi and one we should all listen to.
Question – ‘ I get up at 6.00am, hurry cooking, get the children ready, start by 8.30am to the office, come back from the office at 6.30pm. Then freshen up the children, myself, cook food, homework and sleep. In this hectic schedule where can I fit yoga into my life?’
SadhGuru – ‘ You get up at 6.00am and whatever time you go to bed, you have a busy day – where is the time for yoga? You have time to eat, you have time to gossip, you have time to work and time to take care of everything but you have no time to take care of yourself, this is what you are telling me. Now this attitude is like you are trying to act like a martyr and all the time saying I have no time for myself, I am giving myself totally to everybody, but what is it you are giving? Your agitations, irritations, anxieties – passing it on to the children. If you are really really concerned about your children, truly concerned about your children, creating a joyful and loving atmosphere for them is most important. Not providing them with shiny boots or providing them better clothes or video games, not providing them with something else. You creating an atmosphere for them of joy and love on a daily basis, moment-by-moment is more important than all the nonsense you are providing – isn’t it so? Yes or No? So what is your focus about life if you are able to manage your work, your children and everything then do it? If you are unable to, then do what you can do, everybody can only do that much isn’t it. You want to do everything in the world and that is the problem, you do everything in the world you will definitely go insane, how much you can do, each individual has to decide. Somebody may be able to get up at 6am and do all those things joyfully, somebody else may not be able to; accordingly they have to adjust their life isn’t it. You have gotten into all of this because it’s not what you want to do but you are trying to be like somebody else and that is your whole problem. You want to have what others have got, you don’t know if you really need it or not, with all this work what you have earned, your children, you husband your wife or whatever are no more enjoying it - then why do you do all this? All these things you created because you thought this is the source of your joy isn’t it, but right now that has become the source of your anxiety and misery – then you had better look at the fundamentals of your life. You got educated, you found a job, you married, you produced children – all this for what? Because you thought all this is going to be the source of your happiness and wellbeing, but now that is taking your life – if that is so, then you must look at it. Now if you invest let us say even 30 minutes a day to do your yoga, you will see you will gain immensely even in the terms of time. One first thing that will happen is your sleep requirement will come down, now if you are sleeping 8 hours a day, that means a 1/3rd of your life you are sleeping it off. If your body and your mind are more energized and active your sleep quota will naturally come down, so if you gain 3-4 hours a day just in terms of wakefulness that is a huge thing. Apart from that if your body and mind were more organized you would see - what I have found with people is with the simplest process of yoga within 6-8 weeks of practice that what they were able to achieve in 8 hours they can easily achieve in much less time, simply because if you observe yourself through the day; suppose we take a video of your whole day without you knowing you will notice how much unnecessary movement and unnecessary words and activities are happening in your life. Do it one day, hire a cameraman and ask him to shoot you without you knowing about it. You will see how many unnecessary things you are doing in one day. If your mind becomes more organized these unnecessary actions and things will disappear, then once they go away you have a lot of time. Then you have a whole 24 hours, we can do a lot in 24 hours if we are organized and focused human beings, we can do plenty in 24 hours. If you are disorganized and unfocused you think there is no time – most of you are not busy you are just pre-occupied – isn’t it so? There is too much pre-occupation in the mind. Please invest this half an hour in a day, so get up at 5.30am and you will see the quality of your life will be very different, don’t go on with this argument “I have no time.” Make time and see, it will make a huge difference.’
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
Find your peace within
Mangala / Nicky.