I was flossing my teeth last night, getting ready for bed. My mind naturally started shifting to thoughts about habits. Flossing, a previously hit-or-miss habit has now naturally become part of my nightly routine. I've read and listened to probably a million different books, podcasts, lecture, videos about the importance of forming a habit. And, honestly I'm totally on board. I think habits are ways for us to do things that are (hopefully) good for us. They create structure to our lives, which is important in ensuring our doshas are in balance.
But, my mind came back to my flossing. It wasn't as though I was attempting to enforce a new habit. It really just naturally felt right.
And I began to think, maybe the habits that tend to stick around are those that our bodies are naturally craving, needing. They are ways our bodies are seeking normalcy and balance. It's those habits that don't feel forced or implemented. I think back to when the quarantine started, my natural tendency to dive deep into my personal practices, morning routines, even my ability to dedicate more conscious time to this blog--it all just naturally started happening. I wasn't scheduling times to write, or counting backwards to when I need to go to sleep, etc.
It's as though my body and my being knew that these were the things that I was needing. No pressure, no force, nothing. Pretty amazing.
Our bodies are incredibly intelligent creatures and living organisms, and aptly one of our biggest teachers. The only problem is that we never let him/her speak her Truth, her wisdom. Our brains and minds and egos think that they are smarter than that supreme intelligence that lives inside. What a shame.
If only we could open our mind to the wonders of our inclinations. Maybe, life would feel a little less forced. Maybe our actions would come out more natural. Maybe we would feel free in the things that we do and say and think.
I don't know if this is true or not. But to me, this is my Truth. Listening to what my body is naturally asking of me.