Finding balance in life, regardless of the obstacles
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”Thich Nhat Hanh
It’s been a busy couple of months for me and the people around me. Certain things have been neglected due to other priorities demanding my energy. Although it’s been frustrating, I always keep in mind that these things I’ve been neglecting will be nurtured and given energy once the timing is right again.
Life has its seasons. In Melbourne, it’s Autumn and the leaves are dropping in order to prepare for the colder weather. It’s no use fighting what is arising. If we work with life and how it is in this present moment, then we can experience less suffering and learn to deal with what comes up as it comes up rather than pushing through regardless, and creating more stress and turmoil. We may wish for life to be different, but quite simply, it’s not. So we work with what we’ve got!
All that being said, I have been continuing to assess what is truly important in life for me and that is what gets done no matter what. Spiritual practice, meditation and good wholesome connections are always number one in my world. Work still needs to get done, but doing so with an understanding that it’s not everything in life. Yes, we still need to make money, but if it comes at a cost of your physical and/or mental health, then is it really worth it? Can it be changed a little in order to make life balanced? Less hours perhaps, or maybe a completely new job or project? Only you know the answer to that.
Balance in life is always essential to a happy existence and I know that when I find myself in a period of busyness and stress, it means that I’m usually just out of balance at this time and a few little changes here and there can help to tip the scales back to a place of harmony.
Life is always changing. Don’t get caught up in times of busyness thinking that this will be this way forever…..because it won’t! Knowing what is important to you can help provide the grounding needed so you don’t get caught up in the stresses of the world. For me, meditation provides that grounding on a daily basis which helps me to flow with the never ending natural changes of life.