In the summer there is time…to think about all sorts of things!
A few days ago I was walking along the beach in the evening and admired a tower of stones that seemed to be defying gravity. It got me thinking about the magic of balance and how we must constantly reach out for it in the flow of life.
How to maintain your own balance
in the current of changes that is part of life?
We know more than well that the core of all balance is a strong foundation and we understand the meaning of comprehensive well-being and a healthy lifestyle. We are also aware of how important it is that the different parts of our lives are in balance with each other. But how to hold on to these good intentions when everyday life and routine are whirling you around?
We search for balance on a daily basis, starting from how we divide our time and energy between rest, free time, work and/or studies, interests, and family and those near us. Internal and external pressures can cause us to hesitate when it comes to our firm intentions and plans. They can make it difficult to make choices and make us waver.
For example, as the long winter has given way to the long-awaited bright summer days and holidays with all the planned activities, it is easy to be torn in many different directions…even though in the name of seeking balance I might just want to curl up in a hammock with a good book.
The skill of being in balance
Steady balance is built largely from the same elements, whether it is on a yoga mat or life in general. Both physical and mental balance are a strong foundation, that helps in recovery when we are swayed. It makes returning to balance and to our own center easier, both in terms of our physical and mental core.
Skills in mindfulness and strengthening the connection between body and mind are of great help here. If our mind is wandering somewhere else and we are not aware and awake, in other words in control at this moment, we will easily be knocked off balance by internal or external distractions.
This applies on the yoga mat as well as off it. Good balance will also make us more flexible. In the best case, we notice distractions from afar and can avoid them and prepare for them beforehand.
Sway and train
The connection between body and mind is a valuable communications and alarms system, which supports us in physical and mental challenges including stress management. You can use simple physical exercises as a great way to test and strengthen your body-mind balance and your ability to focus.
You can try right now by standing on one leg! Feel and find your position, stay there…until your mind wanders off and your body wavers…and you have to start from the beginning, again and again.
“Where the mind goes, energy follows”, is a saying you hear in yoga.
You can also observe the meaning of the connection between mind and body in exercises that are focused on mental balance. You can find great opportunities for these many times a day! Just try every time you notice – and have the patience!
You can stop at any time to notice and explore the gusts that blow to create waves in your own mind – or even observe a full storm rising in this confined space. You could think of it as a storm in a glass of water. Breathing and heart rate grow faster in the body, the neck and jaw tighten…Try being gentle and open and practice with an inquiring mind how you can calm yourself down by breathing and recover back to your own center, the core of balance.
A map and a compass
In order to strengthen and cherish our own balance, we need good intentions and compassion towards ourselves in addition to skills in mindfulness. Strong self-knowledge and reviewing your own values support mental balance. They are like a map and a compass.
The down-to-earth and life-affirming logophilosophy emphasizes the mental potential of human beings and the meaning of values. According to logophilosophy, developed by Viktor Fankl (1905-1997), the basis for a meaningful life is recognizing and fulfilling your own values.
It is easier to maintain your life in balance and have a steady course when you base everything on clear life values and priorities which function as a compass and guide your choices. Internal or external distractions and life challenges are then not so easily able to take hold of us and throw us off balance. Swaying then becomes an exercise. Just like on the yoga mat.
How can you cherish and strengthen the balance of your mind and body this summer?
What intentions and wishes do you want to carry out?
Good moments are great sources of energy that can be stored to wait for a rainy day and upcoming challenges.
Small summer experiments and good experiences can create a spark that continues and creates changes in routines and everyday life.
Take some time in your summer to cherish balance by doing things that matter, that make you happy and that you enjoy.
Ask yourself what those things are. Only you know!
I wish you happy summer days!