Are you battling for balance?
And in a culture that loves extremes and craves their resulting exhilaration, their consequential return to self, to life, to what is sacred and vibrating in each and every moment, the idea of just simply attaining balance seems flattened, dull, too ordinary to strive in the direction of.
Our culture of healthy living is becoming so stringent, that we are forever seeking some next revolution.
How over-exertion is unbalancing you.
Relationships, diets, exercise trends, fasts, demanding jobs, all are just each individual parts of the puzzles of our life. Parts of the entire eco-systems of our being. Parts of still ever-evolving personalities, and character, and people. Every day needs work, play, friendship, solitude, prayer, sin, forgiveness, growth, learning, teaching, vigor, peace, tears and laughter.
Of course eight-week master classes, and promises of stark change to result in wholly new lives waiting at a tunnel’s long, sacrificial end have their appeal. But all too are simply distractions that for very few human beings create sustainable change. Implementing a 40 day meditation practice here and there, or tightening the reins on ones’ diet in anticipation of a bikini trip, or embarking upon some new path of knowledge still create growth, but in a more loving, harmonic way than unforgiving, stark expectations of lifelong adherence. Change comes with diligence, with daily action and ritual. And lasting, sustainable change comes with all things in balance.
Moderation and balance, they are not sexy, salesy words. They don’t excite the senses and dangle dreams from the other side of the wall. But all life begs imperfection, begs harmony, begs equal parts yin and yang. And until we approach our every days with compassion, and respect for balance, we will always be just one more inflexible sacrifice away from truly living.
Balance hacks for everyday superpower.
- Try out different types of meditation, and when you find one you like, try a 40-day stretch of it. Nothing more than ten to 15 minutes, and not beyond the 40 days. This will allow you a chance to really experience the lasting effects of a range of styles. And the ones that don’t work for you can simply be released, and moved on from.
- In the midst of the busiest of work days, try this stop, drop, and bliss exercise to replenish your softer side: imagine a smiling animal, baby, or mentor, someone who truly embodies a look of bliss. Allow a smile to gently shape the corners of your mouth as you gaze off or close the eyes. Drop the breath, slowing down the body, slowing down the mind, slowing down the heartrate. Stay here for a few seconds, and remember that this bliss, this peace, it is in you always. You can in any moment of chaos stop, center, and find your peace.
- Try replacing your nightly glass of wine to unwind with an extra dog walk or evening stroll. Or shutting off the TV an hour early and taking a salt bath. Or staying in an entire weekend to devour a new book. Mix life up, allow space for irregularity. But keep the rituals that keep you whole, like just 10 minutes of morning yoga, or an extra few minutes before work to journal, or a midday meditation break, or a savoring a strong piece of dark chocolate, or a steamy cup of hot tea.
Try one, try them all. But whatever you do, put the idea of how to attain balance on your to-do list. Because with and in balance we can all discover the happy + well life we’ve been craving.