Commit #6: Don’t (just) talk about it, do it

Yogoing to yoga? Yep. Today. This post is my accountability. That’s all I have to say. Nearly

Overcome reluctance and do a little yoga

Yoga. Take a deep breath, and do it. Laura Eades and Elba Lloyd 2014

Don’t talk about it, it’s a waste of energy

There’s a fab part of a Jon Kabat-Zinn audio (Beginning Mindfulness) when he urges us not to talk about meditation.

Don’t tell anybody you meditate, he says, for the first ten or fifteen years. Every time you feel the urge to talk about it, get your butt on a cushion and meditate. Otherwise, before you know it, you’re telling everybody, yeah, I’m doing this meditation, it’s so great, and putting all your energy into the PR of it. Before you know it you’re not doing the meditation any more.

Same applies to me and my yoga class

I’m just saying, I’m going to yoga today. With my baby. I’m a little reluctant. So I’m not saying much about it. Trying not to say too much.

Here’s an eloquent and disturbing cartoon by Zen Pencils

about not wasting your energy in talk and dreams.

It’s based on advice from a screenwriter, who urges us to stop guffing on and get on with it.

It gives me a chill to read it– since I write and talk and read and base my relationships around hoping and dreaming and gaining encouragement for my dreams so much, I do worry a little bit that I might be doing just that.

  • I’d like to start a business: where’s the income?
  • I’m writing a blog. Is it more than just a hobby? Or am I satisfied just to see my dreams in digital?

But writing and talking does have a real function

  • Just the right amount of talking. Just a little bit, to get a bit of accountability going. (Announcing things creates an imaginary community, who I don’t want to let down).
  • Journaling, which blogging is, of sorts, is a way of getting through to  clarity. Which in affairs of the mind is crucial. Writing this helps me work out what’s what.
  • I hope sharing the vulnerability, the imperfections, of engaging with struggles helps release us all from the claws of ‘never good enough‘ and flies the flag for living better, happier.

OK, don’t get defensive. So you’ve justified your blogging. Now get on with the yoga.

No wait. Not yet. Can I just talk about my yoga reluctance a bit?

Alright. Briefly. So long as you’re doing your shoelaces at the same time.

  1. The teacher is quite, um, Feldenkrais-influenced, so the class is really soft and you seem to spend a lot of time on your back moving your knees from side to side and ultragentle stuff like that, when I feel like I really need a good workout.
  2. I’m never convinced taking my baby to a yoga class is gonna be value for money. Half the class spent breastfeeding or whatever.

Counter that with: 

  1. What I’ve read of Move into Life, Anat Baniel, is making me more excited about Feldenkrais than I was.
  2. Some yoga is better than no yoga. No yoga is bad Laura. Half a class is 50% less crazy Laura. Which is good maths. Make your life half as shit, and go to yoga. Does that figure? Y’see. Stop thinking so hard, do more yoga.

Thanks for the talk. I’m going now. 

OK. Have fun.

What if I don’t?

Going is important. Just go.

I –  (fill in the excuse)

Just go.

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What do you think, readers? Am I procrastinating, or transforming myself? More importantly, are you? Comment thread is all yours.

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Read more on Illustrated Guide to Life:

Physical, visceral joy series – about taking exercise when you’re idealogically and physically opposed to ‘sport’ 

‘Commit’ series – about turning off self-sabotage and taking action on your goals

Writing – what it does for us, and how to do it creatively and transformatively, or just for the hell of it