Do you ever feel like you've lost balance?
When you're able to connect to what works for you, you can easily take notice of when it seems like life is off balance.
In one of my favorite movies, Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts character, Liz, goes on an international trip and internally revitalizing journey to obtain a sense of peace and clarity about herself and life. After a life fulfilling prophesy about her divorce and financial loss comes to pass, she leaves life in New York City to spend a year between Italy, India and Bali to reignite a passion for life and gain a sense of centeredness. On her travels, she grows to love a man at the end of her journey. This romance, as joyful and positive as it is, distracts her from her "self work". Her meditations, her reflections, and her writing. At one point she gets in an argument with her new mate because he wants to take her to a private island and spend time with her as an act of love. Even though she knows she loves him she can't get herself to say it, and she doesn't want to go away with him because she feels her fleeting and intense love has taken over her life and now she feels imbalanced. All that she did, she kind of let go for love.
What is it really? Can it really exist? Is it unattainable? How do you know if you have attained it?
As someone who's recently experienced a lot of transitions, at times, I've felt that I've lost my balance. But in reflection of being a recovering control freak, I realize life isn't about balance. Its about moderating all the moving pieces of life and keeping them in tuned with whatever serves your mind, body and spirit. Life is always going to be changing and we have to learn how to let some things in and let some things go while still staying connected to our higher selves.
Maintaining "balance" is a task but it's a task that takes a beautiful level of skill and discipline. The discipline in balance is really about doing what's best for your spirit because if you're serving the essence of your being, your mind, body and world will proactively respond.
How do you know if your "disconnected"?
Are you giving up your known creative expression? Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you having issues with your appetite? Are you losing or gaining unintentional weight without any difference in nutrition or exercise? The above questions are indicators of stress. Stress, even though is normal, is your body perceived reaction to a sense of imbalance.
Wherever you are, it's perfect. You always have the power to control your perception of life and even how you will respond to what life is handing to you. You are not a victim; you are a catalyst. There is a constant exchange in energy with the world around you. If there is something occurring in your life, the first step is to not complain and exclaim how overwhelmed you are, but to look within yourself and explore what energy have I been emitting? What thoughts have I not been careful in selecting? What can I do to improve my condition moving forward?
When you answer these questions, you can get to the root of any experience and empower yourself to take the necessary steps to realign yourself.
What do you do that helps you feel balanced?
It might be learning to say "No", walking away, spending time alone, organizing your time better, doing what bring you joy more often, writing, or even just taking some alone time.
Find and maintain your balance; it benefits you and the world!
By: Tiffany W.