This week was a ROUGH week. Things went sideways, even here on the blog. I was going to take a shortcut and use AI for a blog post. Don’t get me wrong, I re-wrote a good majority but I needed help so I turned to ChatGPT. The funny thing is, there are no shortcuts. That’s right, not even here at the Grotto. This is true even in our wellness practices.
Think about the ways you practice wellness. Do you meditate, have a yoga practice, or practice mindfulness? If so, you know that a shortcut may seem like a good idea, but it lessens the impact of such practices.
Shortcuts are sometimes a great thing. They help us get things done. They can be a great way to get our day in order. Sometimes, they can help us get back into practice if we’ve been out of it for a while. What they CAN’T do is be a substitute for a full practice, whatever it may be.
There are no shortcuts in life that are entirely worth it. While they can be helpful, when it comes to certain aspects of our lives, when it comes to wellness, it’s not a good practice.
How to Avoid Taking Shortcuts
- Plan things out
- Find others to help you if possible
- Let yourself falter and NOT get everything done each day. Yes, this is a thing!
- Give yourself enough time during the day
- Remember that not all shortcuts are bad but relying on them isn’t a good idea
In addition, I wanted to say, if you stumble and make mistakes by taking shortcuts, it’s okay. Again, not all shortcuts are bad. I learned this week that the shortcut I took backfired on me because I was looking for an “easy way out”. In fact, read my article on how Mistakes are Not Failure for more tips!
Finally, when you look at your routines and practices, finding ways to make them more meaningful is a great goal. Finding shortcuts to get your practices in more frequently is also a wonderful idea. Just don’t rely on them IN your practice(s) because it lessens them and the benefits you get.
Until next week, be well and namaste!