Every morning of my life begins with practice. The practices I have been engaging for the past three decades have helped me slow down, release stress and heal my body and my mind. They have made me a better mother, a better friend, a better teacher and a happier woman. These practices come from the wisdom traditions of yoga and ayurveda and have been passed along to me by wonderful teachers, tapping into a lineage that is thousands of years old.

When I didn’t prioritize the time to attune to myself deeply, I was more stressed out and edgy, anxious and exhausted. The care I had to offer from that space was less than optimal. 

Nothing is more important than you being connected deeply with you. For the truth is YOU are connected deeply with all of creation, and when you remember that deeper source, and let go of all that obscures your knowing you are that, life flows more easily and effortlessly. 

And all that needs doing, gets done. 

Forget that, and life becomes an endless and exhausting to do list.  It’s no wonder we want to check out with food and substance and media, which never really satisfy for long.  

Yogic self-care is a willingness to shift your priorities—from getting everything on your list done,  to putting the list aside and taking time to BE with yourself. To let the mind rest into spaciousness. To allow the body to breathe and receive. 

Stepping off the busy wheel for yoga class is great. But we don’t have to settle for just that. We can learn to step into the moment that life is offering us NOW, slow down, breathe and remember ourselves any time, This is the real fruition of the practice—bringing that presence into what we are doing now.  The way to cultivate this capacity is to imprint it first thing in the morning. 

Try starting your day with this  20 minute meditation I made for you. May it support your Presence throughout the day.

Let me know how you like it in the comments below.