do you do first thing in the morning? Make a tea, coffee, read the paper, grab
your phone, read your e-mails, or rush around like crazy before leaving for
work? This is the reality of most modern people’s lives as life gets ever more
what should your morning look like if you want to live in balance? It’s not
always realistic to say: “be in peace or go slow” if you have kids running
about and you are late for work. But it is realistic to put 15-20 minutes aside
first thing when you wake up and dedicate it to your Practise.
you want to live in complete balance on a body, mind and spirit level where you
have physical energy, mental clarity and feel spiritually connected then your
early morning needs to be dedicated to your Practise.
What is Practise?
is the time where you connect with the highest energy within you to be able to
live life at the highest level possible. It’s a time that you draw awareness
and strength from within and take that energy into your day to reach your goals
my own experience of doing a spiritual practise every morning, I can say that
nothing in my life would be meaningful without it. It strengthens my physical
body, it engages my mind to be much more aware and it helps my relationships on
all levels with my wife, friends and work mates.
it I can say life would not have the same joys and peacefulness.
an excerpt from my latest book The Yogi Code where I speak more
about how you can prepare your life by controlling the excesses and extreme of
your life so your practise can have a chance to blossom into a higher level.
Avoiding excesses and extremes
When you avoid the excesses and extremes you will
get a good grip on controlling the senses. The mentality of living our life to
the fullest usually means to live the highs and lows. No one really wants to
live the lows, but they are a natural outcome of many highs. If you climb the
highest mountains in the world, they have extreme weather conditions and
altitudes that the body and mind have to suffer through.
Then as you descend you will feel the effects of
the altitude drop, which creates another round of extreme pressure on your
system. In the same way, if you eat until you are full, it is an extreme for
the body and mind to deal with. If you do this once, it has a less negative
outcome, but if you do it most of your life it has more serious consequences.
Thus, the highs and lows give the body and mind all
their ailments and pain. But most people who hear this reasoning ask, “Isn’t
life boring without the ups and downs, highs and lows, or the emotional
It all depends on what the purpose and intention of
your life is. If you are looking to go with the flow and experiment with your
body and mind, then the highs and lows will be a natural reaction to this way
of living. If you feel that this makes your life more interesting, then this is
how you should live. But this doesn’t lead to the balanced life that a yogi
strives to live.
If you want to live in balance with your body and
mind, then you won’t experience anything that is an extreme. When you get to
the point that the body or mind seems to be tipping the scale and becoming
irritated, agitated, very excited, or too energetic, you will recognise the
extreme and pull back a little to the point of balance, which is the focal
point of the yogic life.
(This is the second column in a three-part series. You can read the first part here.)
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