"It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” - Hugh Laurie
Yoga and meditation can often seem like an elusive mystical practice, shrouded in ritual, ceremony and mantra.
Ritual can serve us well. The combination of routine and intention can help us find creativity and focus. Certain daily habits can promote positive thinking and self care. Mementos can serve as a reminder of people, values and things that we hold dear in our hearts.
But sometimes it is worth reflecting on whether ritual is actually a help or a hindrance. Sometimes we can get caught up on timing and circumstance. I can't practice yoga because I don't have my mat. I can't meditate because I don't have my cushion, my candles, my mala beads, my crystals. I can't set an intention because it isn't a new moon. I am not suggesting that we should toss aside all or indeed any of these things. But perhaps sometimes the place is here and time is now. If we waited for every moment to be perfect we would never get to where we need to be.
Planning everything in meticulous detail can sometimes result in things passing up by. Equally relying on some external force to set us on our way divests us of personal responsibility and accountability. So the next time you find yourself making an excuse not to do something because the circumstances are not absolutely perfect, do it anyway. There is no great mystery. Explore the now and see what happens.