Sometimes conversations between strangers can be so enlightening. The layperson psychoanalysis I received in passing is that I’m a fixer. Ha! It’s true. In trying to achieve it’s very easy to get bogged down. When we have goals in mind and lists, coupled with a sense of urgency, it’s easy to lose sight of how far you’ve come when you’re thinking about how far you still have to go.
This is where an imbalance may occur. Or at least it has with me, so I’m on a mission to get my zen back.
I’ve been receiving gentle reminders and nudges in unlikely places. From smiles, to sharing reading materials, etc. there’s been encouragement even amongst the challenges. I’m reminded that I can’t control every aspect of the course, but I can decide whether to embark and remain on the journey.
So, recognizing an imbalance exists is key. Having the imbalance occurs from time to time and is part of navigating life. This is why it’s so important to reconnect spiritually. I’m not necessarily referring to organized religion. One of the main reasons why I’ve enjoyed listening to the podcasts of someone like Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett for example, is the inclusion and acknowledgment of the metaphysical.
So amongst the options I’m exploring is to read Eat, Pray Love (admittedly I thought it was going to be trite fluff but it’s more engaging than expected). I’m also going to attend a series of yoga and meditation classes.
The benefits of exercise and employing stress relievers is well-documented. I’ve chosen a private yoga studio that offers several yoga disciplines beyond the type you’d find at a gym as an add-on. I’ve noticed how I’ve been struggling with my food choices due to stress the past six weeks.
We’re not going backwards on any level, though. Since I’ve been feeling as if I’m dragging unnecessary baggage while still maneuvering around obstacles, it’s time to be more flexible mentally and — physically. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 I decided to immerse myself in a restorative/meditative yoga session yesterday. It was equal parts invigorating (to open your body and your heart) and relaxing (to give yourself an affirmation and sink into a comfortable pose). I’ve already noticed a difference! This is going to be interesting! I’m looking forward to reviewing where I’m at in the next few weeks and months.
Insight or Mindfulness Meditation is the simple practice of paying attention on a moment-to-moment basis to our own direct experience. This practice of mindfulness allows us to see more clearly our patterns and habits of holding and resistance, and to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that occur in life. As our insights deepen, we develop greater peace and equanimity in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding force in our lives.
What steps do you take to balance, replenish and center yourself?