Last night while looking through some of the magazines in my always growing stack, I came across an article about finding balance. It was just a quick interview in Redbook (somehow I get this magazine without ever subscribing to it... And have oddly ripped out articles form the last to issues to keep) with Deepak Chopra – and it touched the connection between mind and body. This is a connection I have given some thought to in the past and honestly do believe their is a lot to this connection, especially when it comes to health and happiness.
What hit me the most, were two statements “A quiet mind is much more realistic. You just exist without getting caught up in the drama around you. The drama is where most people’s fatigue and energy loss come from.” And, being centered “means not letting yourself get over shadowed by what’s going on around you. If you allow that you’re like a yo-yo at the mercy of circumstance.”
Goodness, do I get get caught up in the drama around me... And it often gets me off track. For the past few weeks, it seems like each time I center myself, resolve to start a new day with a fresh and positive outlook, I am quickly faced with some sort of drama. Some real, but mostly perceived. And the biggest problem is, that it most often isn’t my drama. I have a hard time not getting pulled in, which promptly knocks me off center... Or as some say, I take one step forward, only to take two steps back.
The article mentioned meditation as a way to center and keep centered. Does anyone meditate? I don’t think I “meditate” by strict definition. But, I know for me, sometimes craft is a form of meditation, or at least centering for me. Exercise too. Participating in something that provides a creative and/or physical outlet and leads to some little bit of self-satisfaction, acceptance or growth helps to center me.
Ok, so I know this, but even so I often let the drama and circumstances of the day get in the way of doing the things that I love and that make me feel good. You know, when you have a bad day at work, sometimes it is just easier to go home, lounge on the sofa avoid everything. Instead, I should be starting over and doing something to help me end the day on a positive note. Logic and reality don’t always mix...
So, what do you do to keep centered, balanced and moving forward? Am I missing any good options?