I was so very fortunate to be able to spend yesterday evening with a dear friend whom I had not seen in a year. She moved out of state, and she came back to visit. It was so special to see her shining face! Her visit reminded me of a few key ideas to mindful living.
First, balance is critical to a harmonious life. In yoga, we work on our balance postures to bring a sense of poise and grace into the body. Balancing postures also calm the nervous system, relaxing the mind and body. The most important benefit of these postures is to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, as one half tends to be more dominant than the other.
Balance in life comes by maintaining equilibrium in all areas of our lives: health; happiness; finances; family; friends; career; spouse/partner, etc. Interpersonally, we need to strive to make our minds, our bodies, and our spirits be equally satisfied and healthy.
Second, the visit of my friend reminded me that some people have to work harder to achieve their goals than others. There is nothing wrong with being handed all the tools necessary to make your life exactly the way you want it. There is also nothing wrong with working harder than another person to achieve your goals. Imbalance arises, however, when we take for granted what is handed to us, or resent others for not having to struggle as hard as we do.
Respecting and being grateful for all the good in our lives, for all the fortune, is a very important element to mindful living. Also, enjoying the journey of the hard work that is required to achieve our goals is crucial to living peacefully and happily. Neither to take for granted your blessings, nor to resent the ease that other people have will serve you. Be grateful for what you have, and be assiduous in what you want to achieve.
It is important to balance out the hard work with enjoyment of life. Finding balance between your Grasshopper and your Ant, to borrower from Aesop’s fables, will make all of your hard work worth the effort.
Remember, that every day is a chance to grow, and to become better. Every day is an opportunity to be a more balanced individual!
You do not have to be able to stand on one leg to find balance in your life!