Growing up I had two very driven and very hard working parents. Of course being good parents there were looking to pass on these traits to me, so that I would have the same drive and determination to full fill any dreams I may have. That meant though out my childhood, even to this day, I would hear a very exacting phrase regarding what I needed to do in order to make anything I dreamed a reality. That phrase being, “you need to make it a priority”.
Granted there have been many times where “making something a priority” would either seem impossible, or seem annoying. However as I got older I began to see wisdom in this phrase, albeit I did not always agree with some of the priorities that I was told to make, either because I was unsure if it was possible or worth while, or because I just did not always see the same things as priorities.
I am sure some of you are thinking, “well of course, if anything is important; or needs to get done you need to make a list of priorities and put the most important first”. However let me ask you, how often do you really do this? Honestly how many times do we find ourselves making things, or events priorities, and yet they can often times been much lower in the scale, while other things should be higher? Such as activities like Self Care, which can help us be even more present for those we care about, or our yoga, which helps us be more calm and peaceful, often times get pushed down the list of priorities in order to make room and time for other things, like work or errands. Sure life is a balance, however that balance needs to be created with priorities that matter to us.
To understand why this is such a powerful phrase, let’s break down the understanding of priorities.
According to Oxford English Dictionary online
- Designate or treat (something) as more important than other things
- Determine the order for dealing with (a series of items or tasks) according to their relative importance
Thus when we set out to prioritize our activities for the day we are rating them within an order of importance; an order of importance to ourselves.
- A thing that is regarded as more important than another
- The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important
- The right to take precedence or to proceed before others
So then in life, if we are working towards our highest good, or Selves we need to rate things in order of importance for that journey.
We need to learn to make the activities that will help us be more present, and alive around those we care about a priority; and learn to prioritize them ahead of everything else.
If we have found a true path through yoga, and other spiritual practices because they help us be more present and giving towards those we care about; then above all else yoga needs to be top priority on our list of to dos for the day. When we are told we need to make things priorities that does not always mean following the priorities that are told to us, or set in front of us due to society, or to those whom came before us; but by our own true Highest Selves.
When you are faced with a challenging situation, like staying for over time – yes I get it that extra money sometimes is super needed – or stepping out to make that yoga class, ask yourself, in the long run which one has the highest pay off? Sure that extra money could make this months bills seems a little easier, or help you get that unlimited package at the studio easier; however what happens when you miss that one class? Are you more on edge? Do you find yourself snapping at your family and those you care about? Are the benefits of your yoga worth a few extra bucks? Some days it might be that, depending on your economic level; but other days that hour or so on your matt, could help you find the calm and collective nature that gets you a promotion that puts away the need to work over time in the first place.
With a society that is on the go all the time, and with more and more need to accomplish each day; we need to make sure that the things most important to us survive in our schedule. We need to make sure that we care for ourselves, so that we might better care for those around us.
Practice in Love and Peace ❤