Raise your hand if you’re a type-A … C’mon, I know you are. You embrace your grindstone and secretly scoff at those people who are “balanced,” whatever that is. You’re at a dinner party and your friend’s wife is beaming as she talks about her fabulous yoga class and how relaxed and calm she feels. You mentally roll your eyes but you admit that she does look fantastic. There’s a way you can embrace your earthy crunchy side without feeling like you’ve sold out. Here’s how.
The First Step is to Admit You Have a Problem
You know that your lifestyle is no way to live. You’re tired, cranky, can’t remember when you last had a vacation that didn’t involve checking email, and sex is a bit blase and sporadic these days. There are lots of ways to unwind. Try to remember what you did before all those responsibilities piled up and go back to something easy and fun.
Walk on the Crunchy Side!
Yoga, tai-chi, cranial-sacral massage, space clearing, zen meditation (really any meditation), Tibetan chanting; it might seem kinda crazy to you but to millions of people it’s totally normal. Kinda like Chinese food is just food to everyone living in China. You actually aren’t weird to try something that seems a little out there. These practices wouldn’t be around if they didn’t work.
Team Up with an Earthy-Crunchy Buddy
Ask your friend’s wife, the yogini, where she goes and tag along for a class. She’ll be happy to show you the ropes. You can do this for any crunchy discipline. I would say, in most cases, it’s better to ask for a personal referral from someone you know than go with the hit-or-miss search you’ll get with Google. There is a wide variety of training and experience with these disciplines and you want to make sure you pick someone who’s good. A personal referral is best here.
Tell Yourself It’s Good For You
Tell the type-A devil sitting on your shoulder that slowing down is good for you. Numerous studies have looked at things like productivity, a good night’s sleep, pain relief, increased sex drive, and increased creativity as an outcome of embracing your inner granola. So if you feel your “can’t slow down” persona resisting, tell it that you’ll get a raise sooner at work. It’s actually true!
If you’re still resisting, consider this blog post your permission slip. You have my permission and encouragement to try something a little outside of your norm. Get in touch with your shakras or your zen and enjoy. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel, and you’ll feel the results right away. And if it’s not you but a friend or loved one who needs to hear this message, feel free to send this blog their way.
What do you think? Might you now feel a little nudge in the right direction? What have you always wanted to try?
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