#1318 - I'm back
Ten days after my last post, I'm back at my desk for my tiny morning practice. And it's hard.
It is not the first time I have taken some time off from my morning routine, so I should know the drill after all these years.
Yet, restarting is always challenging. Even if it is something I love so much as my morning practice.
I think it is due to inertia, the tendency for things to remain unchanged. So, to stand still if they are still or to move if they are moving. It's a term that comes from physics and refers to "a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force."
When you start a new habit and sustain it long enough to make it part of who you are, it becomes easier to keep it going. In this case, inertia works in your favour.
You can take small breaks as long as they don't bring your practice to a complete stop. The longer the pause, the less energy remains in your habit and the harder it will be to restart. Then inertia will work against you, resisting your desire to go back to motion.
Inertia is neither good nor bad but must be treated with respect and care. It may make it easier to keep going, but it also can make it harder to end a habit that is not serving you anymore.
So, I'm grateful for this long pause and my struggles this morning.
They allowed me to assess this morning's habit and make the conscious choice to continue.
Oh, and Happy New Year. May this new trip around the sun be an opportunity to manifest your dreams.