I AM BALANCED
No matter what is happening around me, I remain balanced at my core. Things may appear to be out of my control and yet from a centered perspective I can respond in a relaxed way. It’s thrilling to strike a balance.
Physical balance is the foundation of a healthy, happy life. When you feel good in your body everything else seems to fall into place and you become more present, creative, loving and kind.
Creating a balanced, fulfilling life is similar to building a home. First you need a plan. Then you must build a strong, stable foundation - your physical self. From there you can create a structure that sets boundaries and provides the framework through which you view the outside world - your mental self. Next you create the interior space by furnishing and decorating in a way that makes you feel good and expresses who you are - your emotional self. Ultimately you move into your home and it becomes a sanctuary for your well-being - your spiritual self. As you can see, if you leave any of these four parts out, your home will be incomplete. Likewise, if you don’t pay attention to any one of these four aspects of yourself, you will feel like something is missing.
Excerpt from Satori Living
8 Action Steps
1. Set an intention by affirming “I Am Balanced” first thing in the morning. Repeat it to yourself all day long to remember that this is your natural state of being
2. Use balanced breathing throughout the day as a way to stay relaxed in the present moment. Breathe in through your nose 4 counts, hold 4, exhale 4, pause 4. Repeat 3 more times.
3. Get at least 20 minutes of sunshine, whenever possible. This is the best way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D.
4. Practice Balancing Breath from Satori Yoga: http://youtu.be/Da9VmYcBgHM
5. Eat and drink green veggies. (see my favorite green smoothie recipe below)
6. Drink water with apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” in it) for ph balance. You can mix 2 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water with a little stevia or honey for sweetening.
7. Use your non-dominant hand i.e. when writing in a journal or brushing your teeth.
8. Get plenty of endurance exercise, especially outdoors. Walking, hiking, biking, running, swimming, standup paddling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to connect with nature and strengthen your cardiovascular system.
4 leaves of romaine lettuce or a handful of spinach
1 C coconut water
1/2 banana (frozen)
1/2 tsp. grade B maple syrup or organic honey (optional)
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Manifesto on Balance
To be balanced means that I take care of my body and pay attention to its subtle messages. I notice my thoughts and ask questions that help me focus on what’s going right in my life. I’m aware of how I feel and know that emotions are messengers from my soul. I’m tuned into my spirit and allow my soul to guide me through life.
I maintain inner balance through practice. The outer world reflects the inner world so to change anything outside of me I must be the master of my inner world and choose wisely. I choose peace over chaos. I choose being over doing. I choose being happy over being in control. I choose connection over isolation. I choose being present over regret and worry. I choose love over fear. I choose to express myself creatively rather than hold back. I choose to live life to the fullest and be free rather than a slave to my ego.
What is your personal manifesto on balance? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: Carol Gutzeit