Beauty amidst the chaos

by Bridget Geegan Blanton

What's on the schedule for today? After a call to the dentist to schedule an appointment while I throw a load of clothes in the washer I need to make time for a trip to the cleaners and squeeze in a work-out and a shower. Oh yeah, there's that watch I keep forgetting to drop off at the jeweler. We're just about out of milk so I had better pencil in a visit to the grocery store to grab a few things after I fill my car up with gas. All before noon and it's my day off from work. Life as usual. I used to think to myself that there's just going to be days like this. However, too many days characterized by a packed schedule hardly leaving time for a decent meal, ultimately lead to the unbalanced life. What gives life balance? Time for beauty amidst the chaos.

Easier said than done you say? Making time for life enhancing activities does take a little planning. The first commitment you make to yourself is to stop saying that you're just too busy. For too long, I had convinced myself that I had no time for a weekly yoga class. Although it was something that I really wanted to do and deep down knew that it would improve my quality of life. However, I kept repeating the mantra that deadlines, obligations and pressing busy work around the house left no time for yoga. In a moment of clarity, I convinced my friend Kim to sign-up for classes with me. The positive influence on my life from a single yoga class is incalculable. I leave the yoga studio feeling balanced. Ah, what a feeling! This sense of well being spills over into my day and my week. I slow down, I actually smell the roses. I remember that life is a gift and that the hours shouldn't be squandered

There is a beautiful, natural world out there that we needn't view only from our car window. Step on the brakes and take the time to schedule an activity that you really want to introduce into your life. If you need to, take a class to learn how to do it better. It's a gift to yourself and your entire life will be enhanced. Bringing balance into our days can be as simple as sitting out on the back porch with a cup of tea and a book. It is not necessary to move mountains in order to tip the scales in favor of a little inner peace, just make it happen; whatever it is you choose to do. If your life is out of balance then you need to start taking better care of yourself. We are faced with a series of choices every day. What we eat, how we spend our time and how we handle our relationships all contribute to our well being. If we approach these decisions with a frazzled perspective, odds are, the choices we make may not be what is best for us or those around us.

Everybody benefits when I go to yoga. I am rewarded with a perspective that is three dimensional. I don't hover at the surface, scattering my energy here and there. I am not lost in thoughts about yesterday or worries about what is down the road. I am living in the present moment, fully engaged in the now. It is so worth the time it takes to drive to the yoga studio.

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