This has been something I have been thinking about and wanting to write about for a long time. People often think of organized people (therefore organizers) as Type A, anal retentive...maybe even OCD? Well....perhaps a little of all of them to some degree.......at least for me.
For a very long time I was very high strung, a total over achiever...someone who recorded her school notes and then listened to them while she slept. (That works by the way!). I was driven, but all over the place and nothing much could slow me down......until I found yoga.
It may sound cliche but yoga calmed me, grounded me and centered me. I became MORE productive. MORE focused and all around a happier person. Because I am who I am, I couldn't just enjoy yoga, I had to learn yoga. As I started to study, I learned that yoga is not all about stretchy pants and pretzel postures.......it is so much more! It is a life style. A way of being. It becomes a part of who you are!
Yoga became as much a part of me as the organized Type A qualities were. And I started to compare them..........what I discovered is that the foundation of yoga and organizing have a lot in common. It struck me the most within the first 2 limbs of yoga: The Yamas and the Niyamas: Let me know what you think!
Yamas | Moral Precepts
1. Ahimsa: Non violence to self or others. The staring point to peaceful living. Being Organized means less stress, taking care of yourself and peaceful living.
2.. Satya: Honesty commitment to the truth. Being Organized is being honest about when you have reached your limits or when it is time to ask for help.
3. Asteya: Non stealing, not taking anything that is not freely given, not expressing feeling of lack. Being Organized usually means you have what you need and you know where to find it. You are not always searching for something.
4. Bramacharya: Sensual Moderation. Being Organized helps keep everything in moderation. Do not over book, over buy or keep to much stuff.
5. Aparigraha: Non possessiveness. Being Organized helps you let go of the things that no longer serve you, that don't fit or that you don't use.
Niyamas | Personal Observances
1. Saucha: Purity, maintaining cleanliness in the mind. Being Organized keeps order in the mind which is then transferred into life.
2. Santosha: Contentment, the ability to feel satisfied in ones immediate experience. Being Organized gives you the satisfaction of knowing you have what you need or that you have enough time to do what you need to.
3. Tapas: Austerity/discipline. Being Organized is knowing you can get things done. Knowing when to delegate and to avoid buying and keeping things we don't need.
4. Svadhyaya: Spiritual and self study, self reflection. Being Organized helps you tap into your true self to make decisions that are in alignment with your goals.
5. Ishvara Pranidana: Devotion to that which you call God. Being Organized is devotion to order.
I know, some of these may seem like a stretch....but not really. I live it, I feel it and it's a great place to live! What's the moral of this story you ask? If YOU want to get organized....start doing yoga!