There is comfort in ritual and times of transition make me really appreciate the routine of Bikram yoga.
“You do the same 26 postures every time?” newcomers often ask. “Doesn’t that get boring?” Little do they realise that despite the facade of similarity no two Bikram classes are alike. Every single day you come with different energy, emotions, ideas and strengths. The poetry in the practice is learning to be present each day, exactly as you are. Repeating a familiar set of postures allows you to concentrate on each individual posture, rather than trying to figure out what the next step in the sequence is.
As someone in the throes of a move, I’ve been thinking about this and applying it to daily life. It is easier to do something when you have a clear idea of the sequence. If, for example, you are going to put everything in the living room in boxes, tape them up, and pass them off to the movers, you can stop worrying about “what do I do next?” and concentrate on filling the boxes! It sounds simple but, like so many simple things, it is easy to forget and get caught in planning and anticipation.
Whatever you are dealing with in your life, why not pause and outline the sequence you are moving through? Then you can focus on giving your very best in every action — every posture — you undertake to complete it.