We all carry so much on our to-do list. Its a constant juggling act. Between family, work, responsibilities, school, and more, what is the first thing we tend to neglect?
I know I've done it. I know the sense of imbalance that comes from it. The simplest of tasks and responsibilities can seem overwhelming, forget about if life throws some big challenge your way. So what's the solution?
Now before you give up on this little post, I'll tell you right now I used to doubt this state ever really existed. But on my journey I've discovered many things. One of which is that balance is not a magical state of being that just decides to show up one day. You create it. And it takes work.
Lets turn to our yoga practice to demonstrate the work balance takes. Tree pose is commonly one of the first balance postures you'll encounter. Try to remember your first time (or 100th time) in the pose. The wobbling, the muscles hugging in toward the center of the body, the heat in your body, maybe some sweat, the number of times you fall out of the pose. And then, the sweet spot. The full on one leg balance pose that is Vrksasana. Your breath is flowing, your mind is clear, and you are in a state of physical and mental balance, maybe for a few seconds, maybe for several breaths.
The same is true for balance in our personal lives. Many people will say "make time for yourself." But here's the thing. There are only 24 hours in a day and, try as we might, we simply cannot "make" time. I prefer to say "take time for yourself." We schedule our daily lives on paper or in our electronic devices; kids activities, appointments, meetings, etc, why not self-care?
So take some time in your schedule for yourself. Do what makes you happy and brings you closer to a sense of balance. It can be a yoga class or massage, but coming to balance doesn't have to take a lot of time or any money at all. It can be as simple as 15 minutes with a cup of tea and a good book, a walk around the neighborhood, or quiet time alone. You choose. And although daily self care is ideal, weekly or monthly can work, as long as you set aside time for you and tune in to what your body, mind, and spirit are in need of.
What brings you into a state of balance?
How will self-care enter your life this New Year?
Peace & Namaste