Mercury retrograde is over, which means the new year can really begin now. The stops are pulled out. The road is open ahead of us. But which road? Do you ride the path you’ve always taken? The same deep tracks that have been sliced into your subconscious? When habits and behaviors become second nature, it’s our instinct to follow them. We do what we’ve done before. To start something new requires effort — a profound summoning of will and willingness.
This week, I landed on this TED Talk by Mel Robbins (thanks Emily) and the (excellent) podcast Note to Self launched its Infomagical challenge to overcome info-addiction. I finally confronted this fact: Sometimes we have to force ourself to make change. We have to rally our energy to act and to manifest. We have to stand up, lift ourselves out of our habits, and charge our feet in the direction we want to travel.
Don’t expect it to be easy.
Do expect it to be worth it.
Here’s a practice to help find the will and precision to start a new path:
Yoga Poem for Changing Habits
From down dog, step into a lunge. Take your hands behind your back. Show your front foot what it means to support your weight and balance. Press into that foot to lift up. This takes strength, awareness, conscious effort. Keep your low belly lifting off your thighs. Now: press into your back foot to lift your back knee. Whoa. Notice the urges: to lean, to sink, to round. Stay tall. Stay lifted. Stay as long as you can, teaching your body the habit of being upright. Switch and repeat on the other side. Repeat repeat, as many times as necessary. Watch your hips, your legs, your habits change.
With love and will,