Not exercising or meditating? Here’s why…

by Nim Gholkar

“I haven’t exercised in 6 months” she told me.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Because I need to exercise for an hour and I can’t spare an hour from my hectic schedule.”

“I haven’t read a book in 2 years” he told me.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Because I’d like to read for at least half an hour each night, but I can’t spare half an hour from my hectic schedule.”

“I haven’t meditated in so long” she said.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Because the experts say I should meditate for at least 20 minutes each morning, but I can’t spare 20 minutes from my hectic schedule.”

SOUNDS FAMILIAR?

A long line of excuses that just keeps you from living your best life.

5 minutes of exercise or meditation is better than 0.

Reading just a paragraph (forget about reading an entire chapter) is better than reading nothing at all.

Stop insisting that everything should be done on a GRAND SCALE. Start small. But stay consistent.

How about you set the timer for just 5 minutes and do some light stretches?

How about you set the timer for just 3 minutes and do some deep breathing?

How about you simply open a book….ANY book….and just read ONE paragraph?

The first step is always the hardest. And that first step becomes impossible to take if it’s too big or scary.

So, give yourself permission just to make small changes in your daily routine or diet. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll accomplish in a month.

Nim Gholkar, 2021

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