Monday, June 6, 2011

Life in the Balance

Many of my readers and clients are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Some are on the brink of major changes in their work, their relationships, and of course, their health. I hear too many stories from people who never seemed to find time to slow down, to rest, to be idle, until they are forced to stop due to their illness. After a life at full speed, they find themselves in a vehicle whose engine is sputtering.

Knowing and working with these good folks is a huge reminder to me, with my own history of go-go-go, to walk away from the computer, to sit on my porch and quietly observe, without my laptop or cellphone, to go to bed at a reasonable time and get 7 or 8 hours of sleep. I watch the hummingbirds who are swooping around my head, and even they, with their hyper-metabolism, will pause for a few minutes after feeding to sit on the lip of the feeder or nearby fence wire.

Do you take time out when you need it? Or are you a fierce multi-tasker, working at job, home, family or community life most of the time? The price of this kind of life can be high, with health and relationships potentially compromised.

My life, your life, is in the balance. Learning how to balance obligations, no matter how worthy or important, with simple relaxation and downtime---that is an important goal for all of us, so that our bodies, our vehicles for experiencing this awfully beautiful world, can sustain us into a long and healthy life.

Today---everyday---is a good day to stop and smell the roses, to take a yoga break, to sit in peace for a few minutes and breathe.

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