This is a busy time of the year for many. Holiday travels, traditions, gatherings with families and friends, shopping, sharing - it is easy to put self care aside during these times.
I am guilty of not taking time for my daily exercise and qigong practice. I snatch a minute here or there to be mindful of my breath but that is not the same as getting out of my chair and doing a physical activity. We need movement to be healthy.
This morning I read an email that contained this statement "what you practice - you become". This simple statement made me realize how easy it is for me to get sidetracked and not do the things I know are important for my health and well being. Maintaining a healthy habit is much more challenging for me than maintaining those habits that don't add value to my life.
This morning I am back on track. I did my exercise practice (Dan Millman's peaceful warrior routine) and 30 minutes of qigong. I felt so good afterwards that I had to wonder why I let other things in life prevent me from doing these activities.
Because I teach qigong people often ask me about my personal qigong practice. I have to be honest and say that it varies. Sometimes I get totally sidetracked, as I did recently, and don't practice at all. Some days I practice for 30 minutes, other days I practice for an hour or more, it all depends on my schedule for that day. I like to start my day with qigong and will sometimes practice again in the evening. The length of time or the time of day you practice qigong is not as important as doing it daily.
If you would like to learn about the benefits of practicing qigong, please come to one of my qigong practice groups.
I found a few articles about "what you practice - you become" that you might enjoy reading.