Creating a life of balance seems to be on everyone’s agenda these days!
We are constantly being reminded that a well-balanced person has a greater ability to focus their attention and energy on realising their dreams and reaching their goals.
When we lead a well-rounded and balanced life it means that we are more likely to be happier in our work, relationships, family, home and in ourselves. We follow a path that is committed to taking care of our self in order to become more productive, positive and happy.
We grow to be more loving, forgiving and compassionate towards our own self, as well as towards others. This helps us to connect with everyone around us, with nature and with the world. We are more likely to respond to actions, stress and worries with better awareness, balance, calmness and control.
Wellbeing is a way of life that I am continually striving to achieve. It is not easy but with a certain level of dedication and reality for what works for me, it is possible to find a pretty good balance in my daily life… Well almost!
There are still many issues I need to address! But I know the niggling weaknesses that need to be worked on and am aware that I can’t alter everything overnight.
It takes time, patience and commitment to make changes but as we see positive changes materialize and feel the benefit of the results, we are inspired to continue along our journey of transformation.
The overall concept of wellbeing is embedded in our mental, physical and soulful actions. These actions are tied up with right thinking, right view, right speech, right effort, right livelihood and right concentration all of which cannot exist without ‘Right Mindfulness’. This is the philosophy of the Buddhist noble eightfold path and has been followed for over 2,500 years.
Mindfulness is the energy that can embrace and transform all our mental perceptions and thoughts. It helps us to leave behind those “upside-down perceptions” and delusions of the real world, that are tied up in media, advertising, upbringing and years of conditioning. And wakes us up to what is really happening around us.
When we practice mindfulness, we are in contact with life in the present. We understand that the past has gone and the future hasn't begun all that truly matters is being in the Now. We are in a position then to bring about joy and happiness, both within ourselves and to others. And we will have the capability to offer our love and compassion to lessen others suffering without judgment or expecting anything in return.
Here are my top six steps for creating more mindful balance in your life.
Expand your awareness – Enrol in a course, take a class, doing what you love. Consider learning to make something creative or try experimenting or researching something new that you’ve always wanted to do. Make a commitment to your self that you will start something new and exciting that will fire a passion in your belly.
Enjoy family time – Set aside quality time with your family and friends. Pay attention and connect to those you care about. Listen and learn from each other. Let your loved ones, love you and show your love for them in return. Your family is important, they are your flesh and blood with strong roots through generations, where love and kindness can be truly nurtured.
Focus on ‘me’ time – Making time for you is crucial for lowering stress levels and increasing happiness. Set an intention to create more calm in your life - relax and rest your body, mind and soul through quality Zen time – Commit to regular yoga classes and a daily mindfulness meditation practice. Just 10 minutes of meditation a day can lower blood pressure and stress, improve your mental clarity and energy levels.
Shut down digitals – Switch off your phone and turn off your laptop or tablets for at least one day at the weekend or even a few hours each night. Concentrate your efforts on living in the present without distractions. Notice and appreciate your environment, nature and the air you breathe.
Live healthy each day - We are way more productive and happier when we get enough sleep, eat a little healthier and make some time for exercise. Don’t buy junk food - consider fresh ingredients. Exercise can be a walk in the park - getting some fresh air into your lungs every day is all it takes. Don't fester on the couch! We are so used to being preoccupied with all the stuff we have to do, rushing from A to B, catching up with unfinished tasks, problems and issues that our health becomes less of a priority until we have a health crisis. The objective is to commit to an all-round daily health regime. Start now not tomorrow!
Make time to have fun – During the festive season find your sense of humor, have a laugh, joke, play, dance, be happy and shine your light on everyone. Your joyful power will be catching, so you may notice friends, family and colleagues lighting up around you as they embrace your energy and enjoy life .
“Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive and fully aware.”
Thich Nhat Han
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