I just returned from a weekend Yoga retreat at a lovely place in east Texas called Yoga in the Pines. It’s my third stay, and as usual, I came home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
That being said, it is quite the trick to return to real life. How does one retain that meditative quality of life from a retreat and bring that into the daily bustle of normal life? I believe it all starts by actually doing it.
I am the worst about over-commiting. I will make a to do list that looks a little something like this:
1. Meditate for 20 minutes every day.
2. Exercise on the treadmill for 30 minutes every day.
3. Practice Asana for 45 minutes every day.
4. Eat 4 servings of greens every day.
Do you see where I am going with this? Only a person who has no other commitments in life could possibly keep up with this list of “commitments”. When I can’t keep up with it, I just give up and decide to eat a half of a chocolate cake.
I know that the solution lies in setting more reasonable goals for oneself, but I’m afraid I don’t know exactly where that line is for me. I also haven’t learned how not to eat a half a cake in despair when I feel like its hopeless. I’m not sure how that works.
I think for now, my goal should be to meditate “a little” every day, keep an awareness about me regarding my goals, and live my life as if I am already where I want to be. It’s a good start.