There are so many reasons I am excited to write this blog including being able to share this incredible journey of service and travel with you. Writing to my fellow yogis at OTM is also a great incentive to develop a daily practice I’ve always wanted, and it’s not what you might think. It’s not to do yoga every day. I’m pretty good at that. No. It’s to write every day.
To change a habit, some say you need to do it for 21 days in a row, others say every day for 40 days, others even longer, but in my opinion even 2 days in a row is a start. And like meditation, you set your intention to focus on the breath, then the mind wanders, and you simply come back to breath and sensation. It can be the same with a habit. You slip back into old patterns, and then you come back to the new one. Like yoga. Like writing.
Joan Didion wrote, “I write entirely to find our what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means,” and as I experience people, places and customs new and unfamiliar, I intend to use my writing to process all that I experience. Writing is a type of yoga for me because it connects me to myself, especially when I pause to breathe, notice and become still.
By being able to share each day with you, I have an opportunity to combine these passions of mine. It is truly a gift I’m truly grateful for. Rachel Brathen, aka yoga_girl on Instagram, coined the phrase #yogaeverydamnday, and I’m certainly not the first to plant the hashtag #writeeverydamnday, but that’s what I intend to do here with you as I travel halfway across the world, bringing the spirit of OTM with me.
So… besides yoga, what would you like to do #everydamnday?