Walt Disney gave us all some sage advice when he said "The difference between winning and losing is, most often, not quitting”. We are coming into a time of year where, beyond the times of holiday celebrations and family gatherings, life can seem overtly quiet and cultivating routine may feel like more work than reward. But if we are to reap the benefits of the grounding aspects of our practices, we must first get to our mats.
Like our walking kata, the simplest facet of our practice can be infused with high mindfulness. Placing one foot in front of the other, toe-pads and mounds first. The engaging aspect of the drag of the heels back and up, to help us develop an even tone up the backs of the legs and into the hips. The broadening of the sitting bones back and wide, and the mound of the glutes in and up in support of the sacrum. When we sit, stand or move with this mindfulness with regularity, a new pattern - a new routine - is born. The important part is, of course, that we don’t give up along the way.
Practices themselves would not be called so if we could becomes experts right away. In this way, our practices - be they movement, meditation, breathwork, mindfulness, or many others - ask us to commit. To ourselves in meaningfulness, to our collective with which we share common goals. We come together so that when we feel the going has gotten tough, we know we are not going it alone. So that we may all reap the rewards of winning, by not giving up.
I’ll see you on your mats!