Questioner: Pranams Sadhguru. I get up at 6 am, hurry burry cooking. Get the children ready. Start by 8.30 am to the office. Back from the office by 6.30. Then freshening up the children, myself, prayer, cook food, homework, sleep. In this hectic schedule, where can I fit yoga in my life?
Sadhguru: Now, you get up at 6 O’clock, and whatever time you go to bed, you have a busy day. Where’s the time for yoga? You have time to eat, you have time to gossip, you have time to work, you have time to take care of everything. But you have no time to take care of yourself. That’s what you’re telling me.
What is your focus about life?
So what is your focus about life? If you’re able to manage your work and your children, everything, do it. If you’re unable to, do what you can do. Everybody can only do that much, isn’t it? You want to do everything in the world, you will definitely go insane. How much you can do, each individual has to decide. Somebody may be able to get up at 6 O’clock and do all these things joyfully. Somebody else is not able to do. Accordingly they have to adjust their life isn’t it?
Now you have gotten into all this, not because that’s what you want to do. You’re trying to be like somebody else, that’s your whole problem. You want to have what other people have. You don’t know whether you really need it or not. With all this work, what you have earned, your children, your husband, your wife, whatever, you’re no more enjoying it. Then why do you need all this? All these things you created because you thought this is the source of your joy, isn’t it? But right now that has become the source of your anxiety and misery. Then you better look at the fundamentals of your life once again, isn’t it? Isn’t it so? One thing is, maybe, if you’re incapable of handling it, maybe you have to scale it down. If you’re capable of enhancing your capabilities, you must do that.
If you invest even 30 minutes a day into your yoga, you will see you will gain immensely
Now if you invest, let us say, even 30 minutes a day into your yoga, you will see you will gain immensely, even in terms of time. One…. first thing that will happen is, your sleep quota will come down. Now if you’re sleeping for 8 hours a day, that means one-third of your life, you’re sleeping it off. Isn’t it? One-third of your life, you’re just sleeping it off. If your body and your mind is more energised and active, your sleep quota will naturally come down. So if you gain 3-4 hours a day just in terms of wakefulness, that’s a huge thing isn’t it?
Apart from that, if your body and mind was more organised, you will see – what I have found with people is, with simple process of yoga, within 6-8 weeks – a lot of them – their level of performance becomes such what they were doing in 8 hours, they’re very easily able to do it in 3-4 hours. If your mind became more organised, these unnecessary words, these unnecessary actions, these unnecessary things will disappear. Once they go away, you have a lot of time. You have 24 hours to live, you know!