Guest blog by Yogasteya member April Eckwielen
We all have ideas on what a balanced life should look like. In today’s world, we have so many things we have to do that we tend to feel like we are on this never ending roller coaster ride. We talk of finding balance in different aspects of our lives, but that conversation falls on deaf ears and we continue to struggle.
Finding balance in life will be difficult at first, but once you know what you need to do, it becomes easy and adaptable to different situations. I am not saying that every day will be all rainbows and unicorns, but there is a way to live your life without going insane. We will all still have those days where it doesn’t work out or negativity seeps in. It’s how we handle those days that allow us to bring balance to our lives.
Here are some things I like to do in order to create balance in my own life. You can modify to meet your own needs or a specific circumstance.
- Be mindful. Take the time each day to be mindful of what is going on around you. If you are having any negative feelings, acknowledge them without judgment and try to change those feelings into positive ones. Be aware of your words and actions, not only to others but to yourself. Sometimes, just a smile can change your or another person’s day.
- Practice self-care. Enjoy daily rituals that are meant just for you. Take time out of your day to focus on what you need, whether it be doing a quick yoga sequence, reading a chapter in a book, going for a walk or taking a hot bath. Do something every day that makes you feel good. When we take care of ourselves we can be available to others. If we are constantly giving others attention but lacking in attending to our needs, we become resentful and stressed. When we practice self-care we are not being selfish, we are opening ourselves up to being more available to others because we feel good.
- Be flexible. Like they say in the movie Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. We have no clue what tomorrow will bring. There is no guarantee that every day will be perfect and everything will go exactly as planned. I like to remain flexible. When my children ask me on Monday what we are doing on Thursday, I just tell them I am working on today and will think about Thursday when it gets here. Sometimes we forget that things may have to shift a bit to work. We have to be flexible and still keep that spontaneity in our lives.
- Take some time to let your creative side flow. Journal, rearrange a space in your home, try a new recipe, plan a day trip etc. By creating new things, we can help ourselves achieve the things we want to. Being creative allows us to enjoy all that life has to offer and actively contribute to that life.
- Make true connections with others. In today’s technological age, we sometimes forget to make true connections with others. Take the time to put the smartphone down and have a conversation with someone. We need connections with others as well as with the world around us. Go outside and enjoy the space around you. Take a walk with your partner, play catch with your children or just stand on your porch and listen to the sounds of nature. Take it all in and let that energy fuel you for the day.
When we allow ourselves to take the needed steps to live in balance, we can be more open to all of life’s possibilities. It will not happen overnight. Some may have to take baby steps and others may go full throttle into achieving balance in their lives. We just need to remember that this is not a competition. When we create balance, we send positive vibes into the universe that can fuel others on their journey. So when you are having one of those days, check in with yourself to see what you can do in order to allow yourself to live that day in balance. Be kind, be gentle and be patient. By doing so, you will be able to bring more balance to your life.
We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves”. ~ Francis J. Braceland
April is a unique gal who’s passions include yoga, writing, energy work and the occasional pin up convention. On this fantastic life journey, she has her husband and two children cheering me on. She is a certified yoga teacher who focuses on balancing the chakras through yoga and energy work. She has recently opened her own yoga business, Red Lotus Yoga in Winter Garden, FL. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on her website at www.redlotusyogafl.com.