Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner in sunny south Florida. The temperature is rising and the grass is beginning to crunch less as I walk around my yard. I'd like to take this time and remind everyone to make time for YOU. Summer can get insanely busy and we all need the little reminder to make time for ourselves.
That doesn't just mean taking time to go to the beach, shopping, or sitting outside. That means taking the time to do the things YOU want to do. If you really want to clean out that closet; then do it. If you want to catch up with an old friend; make that phone call. If you've been procrastinating cleaning out the room that accumulates everything; set everything to the side and tackle it. Trust me, you'll feel better tackling things that have been on your "to-do" list for too long. This advice goes for myself as well.
In the Eight Limbs of Yoga, the first Niyama is Saucha or cleanliness. "Saucha is the personal practice of cleanliness of body, mind and spirit as well as surroundings and environment." Taking time for yourself is important, but it's also important to keep your house, body, and mind clean. I've attached a great article about 5 ways to practice Saucha in everyday life.
I've been looking around my house lately wondering how in the heck did I acquire so much stuff? Or how long has it been since you've cleaned out that cabinet? So I made myself a promise. I'm going to start doing things that I WANT to do. I want to tackle my to-do list and feel productive. I want to clean out and get rid of stuff that I no longer use. I also want to reevaluate and maneuver around what I already have. What's a better time to do it then right now?
Start doing stuff for you TODAY. Don't wait. Don't procrastinate. Do it today.
P.S. if you're one of those that cleans constantly and hasn't scheduled some quality down-time, then do that, today.
Article on Saucha and how to practice everyday: https://www.byronyoga.com/niyamas-saucha/#.