There are some things I know for sure about balance.
It isn’t easy, and yet it is our natural state.
It doesn’t have to be equal, and yet it is about finding equilibrium.
It isn’t black and white – it’s only in the richness of colour and contrast that we can perceive a beautiful pattern of balance.
We can get ‘better’ at balance over time, but we experience it differently in each (and every) moment.
Balance feels good, great, fan-bloody-tastic, even when it is elusive (or perhaps because it is)
I don’t know what role balance plays in the aftermath of the tragic Sydney siege, or the horrific Pakistan school siege and massacre, or war anywhere in the world….but I can’t help thinking it is a necessary ingredient for peace.
I do know for sure that I will be reading about what Oprah Winfrey knows for sure, as part of my holiday reading (thanks Santa).
When I started this blog it was about documenting a journey to balance and contentment. About the delicate dance of yin and yang in our lives, and how to move with the rhythm. About just going with the flow instead of pushing sh#t uphill all the time (I later changed it to the more purposeful ‘finding your flow‘).
Now into my third year of blogging I’m still on that journey towards balance and contentment and suspect that it is indeed life’s journey.
I know I haven’t got my parent/partner/work/blogging/friendship/yoga/ME ‘state’ anywhere near as balanced as I would like it to be.
In terms of blogging I don’t offer the best recipes (few of these), craft tips (none of those), giveaways (not as often as I would like), sponsored posts/offers (still not sure), parenting tips (well I try, sort of ), life hacks (ditto), yoga and meditation ideas and resources (still a work in progress) – I don’t really know exactly what I offer you, but what I do offer is sincere, and I thank you for reading anyway.
Like most people I’m all reflective at this time of year and part of that musing is on the value I can offer this little community in the future.
I do know I’ll be up-cycling – I’ll be giving away things to you that might tickle your fancy – new or rarely used things that I want to give away (provided the postage isn’t horrendous). Here is a sample of some of the stuff. I had hoped to do this before Christmas, but you know, life. I want to streamline my life and sweeten yours just a little – everything left will be heading for St Vinnies, along with the larger items that are piling up in our garage (apologies there seems to be something wrong with my phone camera).
I do know I want to give more – starting with the giving away of my little windfall that I wrote about in this post.
In the meantime, I’m bringing it all back to balance.
Sometimes bringing yourself back into balance requires a ‘state change’, in an instant. In yoga teacher training we were taught you can change your state with a ‘power move’ – be it a frenzied Hakka-style dance; a cray cray aerobics-style jump up and down; a pulling of a silly face coupled with stupid hip-hop moves; or a simple breathing technique like panting fast, then breathing in slow. Trick yourself back into balance when you get caught in the shopping centre car-park or just caught in the chaos of Christmas. Sing a Christmas carol under your breath, or better still, out-loud. I believe it’s impossible to be stressed while singing a Christmas carol.
Bring the balance back towards peace in whatever way you can – through supporting a hastag #illridewithyou or better still, riding with, talking to someone. Through rejoicing in the amazing sense of community on display in a sea of flowers created by so many tributes. Through finding peace in your heart and letting it radiate into the world.
Wishing you a very balanced and peaceful Christmas. Linking up with the lovely Grace for FYBF and joining in for the last weekend rewind of the year with Maxabella Loves, Life, Love and Hiccups, Kelly Exeter and Sonia Styling.