Balance

1 Peter 2:1-2 “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation…”

In our society, we are constantly bombarded with conflicting messages, often throwing us off balance within ourselves. We may know in our heart what we most desire … peace, calm, serenity … but instead we find ourselves caught up in the rat-race of life and find that we are uptight, frustrated, and operating on auto-pilot. Worse yet, we feel empty … longing for a different way of being.

So how do we buck the system and actively seek the quietness our soul needs? Balance, pure and simple, balance. They say it takes 21 days to change a habit or pattern. So let’s try, for the next 21 days, to actively seek the time for peace. Start small, say 10 minutes and then work your way up to 20 or 30 minutes either at the beginning or the end of your day. A simple practice of turning off the television or radio, turning on some soothing music or just listening to the silence, and focusing on your breath will help to quiet the “noise” of life. I have found that a 20 minute Yoga or Gigong practice helps me feel more balanced as I start my day. Once you have established a new pattern that works for you, then try giving yourself time at the beginning AND end of your day. It works!

Just by doing this simple practice, you will find that you feel more energized as you move through your day and you will find that your sleep is more restful at the end of your day. If you find yourself feeling off balance in the middle of your day, find a quiet place (even if it has to be the bathroom!) to stop, breathe, and clear your mind. Just 10 minutes of peace will bring you back into balance and you will be ready to take on the rest of your day.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Blessings & Balance,
Nancy