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Finding Space Within The Form

Lately I have been doing the Yoga with Adriene 30 Day Challenge, titled Dedicate. One phrase she often uses is to find space within the form. She means it in a way as to find a way to make the movement feel like you, feel good and nourishing to you in a way that is unique. I feel though that this phrase applies to more than just yoga.

In my life, I find freedom within the schedule. If you have been reading my blog, you probably have noticed that I enjoy books about habit, and self-improvement. I believe John Dryden’s statement “we first make our habits, then our habits make us.” I find being intentional about habit creation pays off tenfold down the road. In my life, I find freedom in the schedule. To be completely transparent, part of the reason I feel like I am floundering with this move is a lack of a schedule. I love a routine and a rhythm. I find having a routine to be life giving rather than draining. I love knowing that things will function well. I love trusting that things will keep on keeping on. I find habits and a schedule to be the best way to do that. I love the freedom I get from the structure. I know partially this is because we as humans are overwhelmed by decision fatigue and a routine takes the stress and fatigue away in a way that is life giving. Some habits I have cultivated include meditation, keeping a journal, having a schedule for laundry and cleaning, exercise, yoga, drinking hot lemon water and reading. I am loving Shauna Niequist’s devotional because it is a short snippet for me to read daily that gives me something to think about as I go on with my day.

Image of striped book Savor by Shauna Niequist
Currently reading a little daily and loving it.

My personal theme for this year is going to be to curate my life. I am someone who wants more and wants to do all things and be all things (hello ego), but I have noticed that I cannot. I am using this year as a training ground to do less of the things I think I should do and more of the things I enjoy. In reality this will come into play the most with food and books. I plan on cooking things I actually think I will enjoy and skipping things I think I should like or eat because they are “healthy”. I also will be doing the same with my reading life. I plan to abandon books I do not enjoy and read more that I love with no guilt or strings attached. I think in a way having structure and having less makes what is a part of my life of greater value and feel like more. I can then through my structure use my energy towards creating new habits or making the important decisions with all my mental faculties intact, without being overwhelmed by the daily tasks of my life.

Where are spaces you find structure useful? What habits have you developed that are life giving?

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2 thoughts on “Finding Space Within The Form”

  1. Hello fellow Yoga with Adriene follower! I’ve been doing Adriene’s yoga for a couple of years now and the Dedicate series has been wonderful. Good for you working on “curating” your life this year and doing more of what you truly enjoy.

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  2. I love Yoga with Adrienne! I’m working on making fewer outcome related goals (like lose 15 pounds) and more input related goals (like exercise 5 times a week). Trying to focus on what I can control (& how I want to feel) and let go of the things I can’t.

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