“In all aspects of our lives balance is key. Doing one thing too much can cause upset, like the old saying goes, everything in moderation is the secret!” – Catherine Pulsifer
Yoga is one exercise that requires balance. In order to achieve some of the more difficult poses, my instructor once told me to quiet my mind. Get rid of all the thoughts in my head about what I had to do later, the errands I had to run and focus on the activity at hand. For women with busy lives it is often hard to quiet the noise in our heads. We multitask on a regular basis and while we are doing things we are always thinking about the three or more things we have to do next. As caregivers we often do for others long before doing for ourselves. Our needs get pushed to the end of our to-do list.
Most successful people recognize seven aspects of balance in their lives. They identify the things that must function together in order for them to be successful. As a general description, there are things that affect us from within and things that affect us externally. If we recognize that they are all equally important we can achieve balance. Balance comes in physical, emotional and spiritual forms and means different things to different people. In our fast paced society this can be challenging with all the noise in our heads; but if we can quiet our minds like in the yoga pose, it is much easier to see.
When you are living with balance in your life, you are living with peace and harmony every day. Having a balanced life is never easy, especially when so many things and people need your care and attention no matter the toll emotionally and physically. There is no exact blueprint for balance and it is different for everyone. However, balance is important for your long term happiness and success.
Written by Dr. Karen T. Greene