I have been practicing yoga for a few years now. I will admit, I have had lapses in those years. My schedule gets crazy and I convince myself that I don’t have time to attend. However, when I start going, it is at those times I feel like my best self. Everything seems clearer and more attainable. However, I’m not here to convince you to head to a yoga class. I’m here to tell you how it relates to organizing. There are organizing lessons everywhere, you just have pat attention.
Make time for yourself. The simple act of taking time for yourself can change the way you see the day. When I head to yoga, my friends and family know that they can’t reach me. I don’t have my computer or my phone. There is no way to get in touch with me. It’s the time of day when I’m fully present and focusing on what I’m doing. Get rid of the clutter and you’ll be able to accomplish so much more.
Clear the clutter, clear your mind. I firmly believe our frantic nature is due to over stimulation. You have SO many things to look at and do, how you can possibly sit still? Our phones are constantly refreshing and we compulsively check them. We run the channels on the TV, refresh our email feeds and sort through a pile of papers….how can you possibly find calm in all of that? When I am at yoga, all I have with me are my mat, my towels (because I SWEAT!) and my water bottle. My phone is no where in sight. My watch is at home. I have just what I need. The extra is just that, extra. (And unnecessary). There’s even a yoga principle based on this-shaucha.
Deep breathing is the best thing you can do for yourself. This sounds so trite. It’s an age old piece of advice, “breathe deep”. Breathing can’t solve your problems. Or can it? Breathing releases up to 70% of your body’s toxins. Breathing deeply allows your body’s organs to work effectively, your posture to improve, and your bran to become more relaxed. Instead of being reactive to everything, you become steadier. So how does this relate to organizing? Instead of running around putting out fires all of the time (running to the store the night before the project is due for supplies), you can focus on the long term projects. You’ll feel calmer and be able to accomplish more. Yes, breathing can do all of this.
A big thank you for my yoga teacher for helping me realize these principles. And for holding me accountable for getting to my mat!