In my recent post about combining my bullet journal with digital planning apps, I mentioned wanting to return to my yoga and meditation practice.
My physical ability to do pretty much anything has been particularly craptacular for the last few weeks (for a bit of background to the craptacularity, please read ME and me: Living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), so as much as I’ve love to jump straight into half an hour of yoga a day, I know it’s not practical. Even if I could somehow force myself through an intensive routine, it would leave me profoundly exhausted and in agony for days afterwards, which kind of defeats the purpose of doing yoga in the first place, right?
So as much as my natural state of being is do all the things immediately, I know it makes sense to gently ease back into my daily practice. This five minute morning yoga routine from the amazing Yoga With Adriene is totally perfect for me right now. It’s short, simple and packed with basic moves to wake up the body with kindness – just what I need in the morning!
Before my yoga practice, before my morning coffee, even before I get out of bed, I begin my day with a short meditation. This has been a bit difficult to keep up with over the last few weeks, since Silver the kitten came to live with us. He thinks beds (and couches and floors and everywhere else) are his own personal playgrounds and humans are just big, warm chew toys, but he’s started to be a little less hyper in the mornings now, thankfully!
When I wake up already feeling calm and centred (it does happen occasionally, honest!), I set the Relax guided breathing timer on my Fitbit and do my own meditative thing. More often that not though, I wake up in quite a bit of pain which isn’t great for feeling chilled, so I turn to my favourite meditation app – Insight Timer.
Insight Timer is free (yay!) and has literally thousands of guided meditation sessions to choose from. You can search by topic and length, so no matter what I need, I can always find something that suits. I have had a few huh? moments but it makes sense that not every teacher or session will resonate with every user. If you’re new to the app, I fully recommend listening through a few guided sessions when you aren’t actually in meditation mode and bookmarking the ones you love so you can easily find them again.
This week I’ve been dedicated to starting my day with meditation and yoga, and I’m feeling the benefits already. Even though my pain levels have been pretty hardcore this past few days (guess who put their back out carrying a small box of cat food on Monday), meditation and yoga have helped me to maintain a more chilled out state of mind. I know that once NaNoWriMo starts, I’ll need all the chill I can find, so I’m grateful to have this opportunity to reclaim my routine before November arrives.
I want to make it clear that I am NOT claiming yoga or meditation are cures or treatments for any physical illness or disability. They are simply two tools in an extensive arsenal that help me to cope with the symptoms I live with, as well as to get my brain in gear for a creative and productive day ahead 🙂