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Beauty amidst the chaos

What's on the schedule for today? After a call to the dentist to schedule an appointment, I need to throw a load of clothes into the washing machine. I should make time to drop off the dry cleaning and somehow squeeze in a work-out. There's that watch I keep forgetting to drop off at the jeweler and we're out of milk. 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 was not ready to resign myself to a life of endless, mind numbing errands. I yearned for something beyond the usual tally sheet of chores. My days were characterized by a packed schedule hardly leaving time for a decent meal. I was living an 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 realized deep down 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 a friend 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. Apply the brakes and re-acquaint yourself with the great outdoors. Take time to schedule an activity that you truly desire to bring 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. If you sense that your life is out of balance then you need to begin taking better care of yourself.

We are faced with a series of choices every day. If we approach decisions regarding our relationships, our schedules and the contents of our shopping carts 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, but especially me. 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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