Yoga, reading, writing, meditation- I have made a commitment to find time for these in my life. My goal is to get to a yoga class 2-3 times a week. I know that three classes is ideal, but it is a challenge for me to get there that often. As long as I am not traveling, I have been able to maintain two classes a week. I have been reading at night and on weekends, so I am moving through books at a fairly regular rate. The meditation experience has been great. (Thanks, Oprah & Deepak!) There is always more that I could do, but I am content with my progress.
Writing is another story. Sometimes it is easy, but other times it feels like there is nothing to say. In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield explains why we face resistance and how to overcome it. Pressfield’s advice is to keep writing. Show up each day, sit in the chair, and write. Don’t be deterred by a little resistance. Be a professional and kick resistance in the ass.
Pressfield is right, but I struggle to be consistent. I write a lot for work, and that may detract from the kind of writing I want to do. I have to change voice the same way I change my clothes. I have to take off the suit and put on something that’s comfortable, something that’s me. I’m afraid that somewhere along the way I lost my voice and that worries me.
So here’s the goal. I want to write every day for a month, even if it is just a few paragraphs. I’m not sure what my next step will be with the meditation; maybe I can use that time for writing or some combination of the two. Let’s see where this will lead.
Where’s the resistance in your life? Are you in?