“Modern life can be crazy. It’s not uncommon to be under-slept, overwhelmed, and without the time or energy to do the things that make us feel really good. This wears down our body & our spirit over time, and we become disconnected from our sense of well-being.”
~ Earth Spa
I lead a VERY busy life! Most of the people I know do. It's way fun! And yet it can be kind of stressful too. You see, while I love and embrace the spiritual principle that "we can have, do, or be anything we desire", I have a LOT of ideas and desires! So, in order to do all the things that I want to do, I need to take really good care of myself. Perhaps that explains my passion for nutrition, exercise, massage, living by spiritual principles, and raising vibration levels with music, creativity, and spending time in nature. Yet all those interests require energy to pursue them. And with a past history of Adrenal Fatigue (an energy issue), I’ve become somewhat of an expert on the topic of living in balance. Yet, I find I need to check in with myself regularly to see how I’m doing and what I need to adjust.
“Balance" is really a verb - something we are constantly doing.
In the book, Living in Balance, by Joel & Michele Levey, I learned that balance is not a static state that we find once and for all by the fine tuning of our schedules.
You see, when we are in our "comfort zone" (which is what we usually equate with "balance") challenges are neither too great to create anxiety nor too routine to create boredom. This is often regarded as being "in the flow", a state of optimal performance, extreme fulfillment, and well-being. Sounds great, huh? Unfortunately, we don't LEARN anything when we are in our comfort zone! And since it is our nature to grow and expand, it is only natural that we find ourselves moving into the "upper learning zone" where difficulties and stress stimulate our learning and provide the opportunity to develop ourselves.
"Balance" is actually achieved by taking time then to drop into the "lower learning zone", where quiet times afford us the opportunity to rest, recuperate, and integrate our learning. So, living in balance actually means a healthy balance between times when we are challenged to learn and times when we are in a mode of rest, renewal, and integration. As a result, when we take to heart the lessons in our learning zones, we create for ourselves an expanded comfort zone - one far larger than we began with.
The danger occurs when we don't take the time for this "lower learning zone", and we find ourselves entering the "burnout zone". While we wouldn't knowingly choose to put ourselves in the burnout zone, remember the story of the boiled frog who didn't notice that the water was heating up? That's how it happens.
Taking time to check in with ourselves frequently to see where we are currently and where we need to make space is key to living in balance. Where are you now and what do you need to do for yourself now to create more balance in your life? I'd love to hear from you!
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JoAnn Newton is a Master Massage Therapist, Certified Diet Counselor & Holistic Nutrition Educator, and Spiritual Counselor who is passionate about creating, living, and enjoying health, balance, and freedom on all levels, both personally and professionally, while providing educational and healing services.