Saturday, January 25, 2014

Finding balance in a balanced way

Years ago I thought living in balance meant I had to pack in a little of every activity that I loved. I worked full time, had big birthday parties at my house each month for friends, got a massage and did my nails regularly, hiked, meditated, and so on. While this sounds on like a lovely life, it was too much! I was cramming more in my schedule than my body, mind, and soul authentically craved and I was exhausting myself. I was thinking about how to create balance in my life rather than feeling my way into balance in each moment. I knew I was off-center. I would answer one more email when I really wanted to go to bed. I would do one more activity with friends when I really wanted to sit at home in silence. The guidance was there but I didn't want to give anything up. I was severely out of balance.

I went to see am a Karunamayi (a woman from India who transmits amazing energy) and asked for a blessing for balance. Three days later. I injured myself and was forced to cancel all social engagements, cut back on work, and rest more than I had in ages. It changed my life. Every now and then I get off balance and life sets me back on track. I pray for that kind of help.

After the holidays I knew my mornings were too hurried and I knew that I needed to adjust my diet to feel more energized. I didn't know exactly how to get back in balance and I didn't want to figure it out all by myself. So I did as I always do and prayed. "Dear God, Dear Archangel Raphael, help me find help with my diet and a way to make my mornings energizing and relaxing, even with all I have to do." A few minutes later, a dear reader wrote to me offering me her seven day Ayurvedic cleanse. Even though I had to add several more activities in my mornings as part of this cleanse (self massage, yoga, exercise, breathing) I realized my body was craving such care. I prioritize my mornings now around such care and mysteriously everything else gets done!

So if you feel off, overloaded, or bored with life, pray. Ask God and the angels to guide you. And then, as always, when you get the guidance via suggestions or ideas that inspire you and sound exciting or interesting, act! I could have attempted (again!) to mentally figure out how to be balanced, but at the moment I prayed, I desired help. Sure enough, help arrived! (A big thank you to Adena Rose who answered that prayer! She is an incredible ayurvedic practitioner whose programs are gentle, flexible, and kind to to both body and soul!) I could have received her offer and ignored the work involved, but everything in my body was saying, "Yes, please do this." Magically the universe echoed back to me my willingness to accept help, ease, and grace, by making an incredibly busy week flow easily, gently, with help, assistance, and more grace!

So this week, be really honest with yourself. What is it you are wanting now? Rejuvenation? Time Alone? Time with others? Better food? Help figuring it all out? Wait until the desires arrive naturally. If you know what to do, do it. If not, pray and ask for help. The universe loves to answer prayers rooted in such love. Balance is not so hard after all when we create it one moment to the next :)

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