Saucha – Wk 3

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Holy crap, what a crazy week it’s been. I last wrote on Tuesday of last week and here it is Tuesday again. I won’t go into detail, but it’s been a trying past 5 days or so.

I’m still working with Saucha for the final week and was supposed to be working on slowing down and doing 1 thing at a time. To be honest, I thought I was pretty good at this already, but when I focused my attention on it, it became obvious that I wasn’t doing as well as I thought. Even this morning I found myself texting my husband as I was walking my daughter up to daycare. This is not normal for me. And on Friday I found myself talking on the phone while I was at the grocery store shopping and checking out. I rarely do this as I simply cannot multi-task shopping and talking on the phone. Besides that I think it is incredibly rude to talk on the phone while checking out. I apologized to both the person I was on the phone with and the checker, but I still felt bad about it. It’s rude! 

The reasons I found myself doing this were: 1 – I didn’t make it to the store earlier after waiting around for almost 3 hours for the tires on my car to be changed, and 2 – I was being lazy! Really that’s what it boils down to.

I’ve joined a month long challenge to help grow your business hosted by Racheal Cook, the Yogipreneur, and she’s been talking about procrastination. So yes, that is what happened that day, along with a few other things that made the past 4-5 days so difficult, like I said, no details, but I was procrastinating.

How does all this relate to Saucha?

Let’s see….

  • I was doing more than 1 thing at a time
  • I was, IMO, rude to others
  • I was rushed and not mindful

In the chapter on Saucha, Deborah writes, “…purity asks that all of us be in one place at one time. And that means that our head and heart are unified, our thoughts, actions, and speech are congruent, and we are in the present moment.” When you see someone in the checkout on the phone, do you think that person is “in the present moment”? I don’t, but maybe that’s just me.

Deborah goes on to write, “Instead of entering the moment relaxed and spacious, we arrive frazzled and late because we tried to do one more thing before we left.” (GUILTY!) “The practice of purity asks us to slow down and do one thing at a time….Hurrying, multi-tasking, and busyness, all symbols of success in our culture, are killers of purity.” While I wholeheartedly agree with her, I don’t try to do multiple things at once to look successful. Usually I’m feeling overwhelmed by the amount of crap stuff I need to do and try to jam it all in to a short time span. Not to sell myself short, I have gotten better at this over the years. And honestly, meditation does help. Whenever I’m done with a seated meditation I feel like I’ve shed a layer of crap. Not only have I shed a layer of crap I don’t need, but time seems to expand and I can do one thing at a time and get it all done. If for some reason I don’t get everything done, it’s not a big deal and I finish it later. The problem comes when I let my mind tell me stories about how what I’ve done isn’t enough. I look at all I have to do instead of what I’ve done and get discouraged. This is no way to live your life.

So, in closing of Saucha, I still have a lot of work to do, and that’s ok. There will always be things I need to work on and things I’m doing better at, that’s normal. This is normal for you too. Instead of wallowing in the mommy-guilt of things you should have done, or things you shouldn’t have said, try to remember that you are doing the best you can with what you have. Take a deep breath, or 20, and return to the moment ready to work with what has been given to you. Life is a gift and when we treat it as such, and approach others wholly and with patience, love, and grace, everything goes so much smoother.

Namaste Friends <3

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