I hope this page will be a great resource for all things balanced – mind, body, spirit, work, play, family, relationships, environment, even a balanced world. I believe that balance starts within us, and moves out into the universe (and with the universe) to make life better. This page will have a collection of links to some great posts, articles and information. You can find balance through:
- Finding Gratitude
- Finding your Flow
- Coping with Change
- Yin Yang Yum
- Yinyang Affirmations
- Yoga & Meditation
Five top tips for balance
1. Stand up – you can balance sitting or lying down, but that’s too easy right? Stand up for yourself, let your own two feet be your firm foundation – then balance – when the ground moves under you (ie when things change that you can’t control), when you want to move forward (you are going to have to take one foot off the ground to take that first step), and when life takes you in one direction (and you’re forced to balance on one foot for a while). You are your own unique foundation regardless of circumstances – stand up for your values, beliefs and passions. Stand strong like a mountain in Tadasana.
2. Balance requires wobbling – don’t be afraid to wobble. If you don’t wobble at least a little bit you may be balanced, but you will be too rigid. And then eventually you will be become unbalanced. Balance is a process of finding equilibrium, not a static state. And if you get sick or tired of standing on one foot, just switch (preferably by standing on both feet first ie there’s not much point hopping around all over the place). You will probably be more balanced if you change emphasis for a while.
3. Go with the flow – if you are trying to find balance within yourself (even from a firm foundation), but are misaligned with the universe, then balance is always going to be hard to achieve. Maybe your ‘firm foundation’ is really masquerading stubbornness or hiding fear. While its important to know yourself and your values, beliefs and passions, its just as important to know how you fit in the flow of the universe (your universal purpose). When you find how you fit you will be ready when the ground shifts under you and when the universe presents opportunities – you’ll be in the best place you can be.
4. Balance within yourself and between things – Aim to be balanced within yourself, first and foremost and then tackle the balance between the things in your life. If you are balanced within yourself you can bring the right energy and the right attitude to each and every moment – to work, to play, to family, to stressful situations. You will be more balanced if you focus on the energy you bring to the moment, rather than the things you are doing in that moment (or worse, the things you’d rather be doing). Of course organising things in your life in a more balanced way will make it easier to find balance whatever you’re doing.
5. Balance on your head or your hands sometimes – A handstand or even a headstand! Great for getting the blood flowing to the brain and for discovering a whole new perspective. Sometimes seeing the world upside down is just what you need to bring balance into your life. And its great for feeling more grateful. New, more balanced perspectives, are much easier to achieve when you get a radical glimpse at how different life can look. Travel. Get out of your environment and your head-space. Do something new. Do something difficult. Have fun. Just don’t let too much blood rush to your head!
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Here are some of my most popular posts focusing on balance:
One expert on balance that I’m really learning from is Dr Andrew Weil MD, a world renowned leader in integrative medicine – a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit.
Harvard educated, his books have sold more than 10 million copies, he writes for the Huffington Post and appears regularly in the media. Dr Weil is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, in Tucson, where he is also a Professor. He donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from the sales of Weil Lifestyle, LLC products directly to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training, education, and research.Dr Weil refers to a concept of finding your ’emotional sea level’ – I love that term!