Finding balance is a challenge…both physical balance and balance within our lives. And once we find balance, how do we maintain it? How do we stay in balance or alignment within our lives? This is a question I have been exploring in my life for over a year now.
I have found that I live my best life when all aspects of my life are aligned – my yoga practice, my work, my family, my self and my social circle. So how do we find balance? How do we become aligned in our lives?
For me, the most important piece to find my balance was to realize and acknowledge when I am out of alignment. Being honest with myself about the moments, activities, patterns and social situations that brought me out of alignment was the key. When I was able to realize the things in my life that brought me out of balance, I was able to break free of those patterns or samaskaras.
So how do we realize when we are out of balance in our lives? One of my teachers suggested creating two lists: the first, I feel balanced and in alignment when… and the second, I feel out of balance and alignment when… This gave me the opportunity to list all of the things that were important to keep me in alignment and acknowledge all of the things that created imbalance in my life. I keep this list on my desk and refer to it almost daily. It helps me to trust that I will be honest with myself when I am falling out of balance and take the actions I know will bring me back into alignment with myself and my life.
Where to begin? Create your lists, thinking about what your life looks like when you feel your best – some examples from my lists: I feel balanced and in alignment when I practice yoga, when I am well hydrated, when I make time for a long walk, when my house is clean and in order, when I eat well…I feel out of balance and alignment when I do not have enough physical activity, when I do not get enough sleep, when I neglect my practices, when focus beyond the present moment…
Just as in our asana practice, there will days when our balance is better than others. On days like these, acknowledge the wobble, take a deep breath and kindly bring yourself back into alignment.