Why do we procrastinate?
Sat nam having just emerged from week 2 KYTT Level 1, I can relate to the topic of procrastination.
When we begin to procrastinate, our washing gets done, we declutter our cupboards, we even iron but other than having a super clean house and clothes, procrastination is a thief of our time and energy.
Our modern hectic, multi tasking life style has provided the perfect environment for the distractions of procrastination. Our lives look busy and productive but mostly we are killing time, not really dealing with the important jobs that just seem too hard to start.
There can be many different types of reasons we procrastinate. Some of us are perfectionist and the perfect excuse (mind my pun) is to procrastinate because things are not just so, not perfect. I want to do it properly or not at all.
Others are the Crisis Junkies who love to leave important things to the last minute so the stress can kick start them into action and then they can have a dramatic story to tell their friends.
There are the Rebel procrastinators, who feel the resistance of starting the important tasks, because there negative mind tells them they do not feel like it and they believe there mind and feelings.
Dreamers can be procrastinators, reading books , day dreaming or getting lost in movies to avoid the important tasks. If they do not think about it maybe it will go away?
Then there is the worrier, who over thinks the task making a mountain out of a molehill before even starting.
Yogi Bhajan tells us to be mindful when we start down the alley of procrastination. Usually we have been hijacked by our negative or positive mind. In one of the Sutra’s of the Age of Aquarius he reminds us, “When the pressure is on, start and the pressure will be off”. He is reminding us to break down our tasks into smaller ones, focusing and doing them one at a time. Making a plan to breakdown and map out the big task into more manageable stages with a timeframe. Write it down and work through it step by step. . This is a good use of your mind, instead of letting your mind sideline you into worry, perfectionism, feeling pressured, dreaming etc.
Tonier Nooyens reminded us on our Level 1 KYTT course, that we can use the energy of Sattva (perfection) or soul to be our touchstone when our mind turns to procrastination. We can discern what thoughts and actions are going to be in line with our soul’s path or not. We can use this to regulate our behaviour, our thoughts and effect our emotions. The Buddhi mind discerns what is real (in relation to the soul) and what is not real for the soul. So by strengthening the buddi mind & neutral mind we can see when we start procrastinating and correct ourselves. That is why we need a practice to keep us on track. Join me as we work on the mind and strengthen the neutral mind to work and act with us and not resist us.
Mon 10 Dec 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 11 Dec 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5
Tues11 Dec 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8
Wed 12 Dec 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Wed 12 Dec 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5
Thurs 13 Dec 11-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8
Sunday 16 Dec 6-7.30pm Gong Bath@ Sri Yoga Shala, Galle