One of the things I talk about frequently with my clients are our lynchpin habits. You know, that one thing that if you can manage to do it, everything else to fall into place a little easier. And that one thing that if you don't do it, everything else is just a little bit harder.
Or, in my case, a lot harder.
I would like to think that my lynchpin habit is yoga. That would make my life so much easier. Yoga is a non-negotiable for me. I am good at being disciplined with yoga. I need yoga in every day. Although it inspires me to find quiet and confidence, it doesn't hold that do all the other things momentum. Yes, yoga makes me better, but it doesn't take just yoga.
I have learned - and continue to learn - that cooking is my lynchpin habit. Not making a grocery list or a menu or even having the food in my house - but the actual act of cooking. I need to take several hours, cook several meals at a time, and then I'm raring to go. I have several meals to choose from. I can grab them and go. I am prepared. All is well.
Cooking helps me make better food choices. I realize that goes without saying, but it is so important. When I can grab barbecue root vegetable quinoa (like I did today), I'm not driving through a chicken joint on my way to work. And if I'm already packing a lunch, I'll grab a few snacks out of my kitchen while I'm at it. And that keeps me out of the vending machines.
Cooking helps me make better financial choices. Yup. If I'm packing, I'm not spending $7 on a chicken Cobb salad. I'm not paying gift store prices for trail mix or Clif bars. I'm content with what I have when I have something.
Cooking allows me to walk at lunch. First, if I have lunch, I'm not leaving work to pick something up. And I'll eat lunch working at my desk and then clock out to walk. But I think it is just as important to note that I also feel like walking if I'm not full of fried chicken or a sub sandwich.
Cooking frees up space in my head for my other priorities. When I'm not thinking about what I'm going to eat, I am more likely to remember to floss and dry brush before I take a shower. When I go in the kitchen to get my food, I am more likely to remember to grab my vitamins by the fridge. I don't rush to drive through somewhere on my way to work, so I can take those few minutes to meditate. And, most importantly, I don't have to argue with myself over the *best* fast food option. I just don't have to deal with decision drama.
What does this have to do with my daily practice? Today, I was on a schedule. I needed to practice, but I also needed to be in the kitchen because I needed to cook. So I moved yoga to the kitchen. I took breaks every 10 minutes to flip the chickpea patties in the oven. I made it work. I can be flexible to prioritize my lynchpin habit.
Do you have a lynchpin habit?