Life is a perpetual balancing act. And with pursuits that elicit our willPower, we need to take special care of our balance. Without BALANCE, we fall down, we fall ill, we fall short, we fall off-course, off-purpose, off-off-off.
Whenever we go astray, we receive a message to return. Sometimes…often, we ignore the messaging until it is too loud or impossible to ignore. Our bodies guide us to BALANCE always. So, this week’s Seven Steps is not so much about striving, it’s about returning to our natural state and our innate wisdom. To be balanced. To find balance. To inspire a balanced approach in all of our acts of willPower.
1. What is needed to balance the person(s) in front of you?
When you enter a situation (fitness class, meeting, air travel, social media post) and you hear a lot of chatter about negativity, see what you can do energetically and verbally to “balance” the situation from a place of authenticity.
2. Are your food choices balancing you or imbalancing you?
We may “think” we want pizza, chocolate, and junk food, but watch what happens when your body operates on cleaner sources of food. Once you realize food carries an energy, you will start choosing foods with higher quality energy. Your body will rejuvenate before your very eyes.
What we require is not a balanced diet but a balancing diet. We require a diet that balances us, not itself.” ~Aadil Palkhivala
3. Is your schedule balancing you?
Look at your day, week, month and assess the blend of activities aligned with your purpose, happiness, personal freedom, and heart. Use recent history, emotion, physical feeling, and journaling to create a schedule to your life that feels balanced to you.
4. Are you applying equal effort in your willPower pursuits?
For example, if you’re consistently working out, how is your nutrition? How is your sleep? How are your stress levels? In fitness, you’ll often hear, it’s 80% nutrition and 20% working out. I prefer to think about putting 100% in all areas. That doesn’t mean, I’m working out “100% of the time”, but when I’m working out, I’m working out. When I’m preparing my meals, I’m equally committed to this element. So, this week, see how your performance level improves when you put 100% into balancing all areas of your pursuit.
5. Where are you “suffering”?
See signs of suffering as an indication of an imbalance. Seek to correct the imbalance rather than simply alleviate the suffering.
6. Practice physical balance.
This doesn’t have to be tree pose, pelican pose…but, it certainly can be! Look for activities in your daily experience to practice balance. On the airport tram or subway, I try to stay balanced without holding onto anything. When doing cardio, I don’t hold the handrails. I step out onto the grass in my backyard with my morning coffee. While walking (anywhere), I can be more mindful and precise with my steps (and my core) to improve my balance.
7. Practice mental balance.
We tend to think of “balance” as purely physical, but it’s really a combination of physical and mental. We utilize our five senses to balance. How well we’re tuned in to our sensory experience dictates the fortitude of our mental balance. So, contemplate this area as well. Notice the surfaces you are stepping on. Use your eyes to assess distance and depth, and your ears to step precisely to the beat.
The single most important tool to being in balance is knowing that you and you alone are responsible for the imbalance between what you dream your life is meant to be, and the daily habits that drain life from that dream.” ~Wayne Dyer