When you’re teaching a dog a new trick you need to keep the reward in plain view or the dog will loose focus and go back to chewing up your shoes. It’s the same when trying to reset your autopilot. You need to keep the peace of mind you want clearly in mind as consistently as possible.
Consistency is the key to transforming old habits. Every thought you have and every action you take, is either supporting the new way you’re trying to establish for yourself, or its fueling the old habits that feed your autopilot.
Old habits do not go quietly no matter how motivated you are but tending to the smallest of details with the biggest intention to maintain the priorities of a relaxed and alert body, conscious breathing, and a mind quietly focused on posture and breath, will keep tipping the scales away from effort to manage stress and toward the joy of living with ease.
In the last post I invited you to bring your attention to your posture the very first thing in the morning before you even sit up in bed. So lets take the simple practice of pacing yourself for peace of mind to the next step in your day– sitting up in bed.
Try this tomorrow when you wake up, before you sit up, pause and allow your body to completely relax. Keep your focus on the three points of attention and slowly, roll to your side and start to move toward a sitting position. Move as slowly as needed to allow your self to notice and respond to any strain by making small adjustments as you go.
Keep in mind that every place along the way from laying to sitting is equally important. Give each place, each shape the same space and attention, the same ease of breath and mental quiet. When you get all the way to a sitting position, take a conscious breath or two before moving out of the bed.
Again this practice can take seconds or minutes. Although it may seem small the practice of unifying these two functional movements using the focus of posture breath and mind, is the foundation for establishing a unifying context for all the transitions in your day. It’s the foundation for moving gracefully and sustainably.
Carry the practice of graceful transition with you throughout your day and keep an eye on the ways it influences your experience.