If you’ve been following my blog, you might have seen an earlier post of mine where I explained that our inner state of balance is not a static thing. It’s just like keeping your balance on a bicycle, surf board, or anything else – it’s dynamic and responsive, requiring us to be fluid and flexible in order to adjust to every little bump or change in direction that might otherwise send us reeling.
I think that just understanding this, is the foundation to finding our balance. It’s not something we can ‘hold’, or ‘keep’, rather something to practice, and even play with. And to me, that in itself is an important part of balance – we need to use a light touch, and to remember that fun and en-joy-ment are huge elements of wellbeing.
I’m now going to go through some simple practices that we can use to support ourselves in this process of tuning in to our balance.
In no particular order:
The ability to reconnect with a sense of inner calm, peace and trusting that everything will work out is, I feel, an essential thing to cultivate if we want to experience greater wellbeing.
We need to be able to identify the things that are within our control, and the things that aren’t. For the things that are outside of our control, it’s about finding a way to let them be. After all, if we have no power over them, stressing about them is only going to use up valuable energy, and perhaps lead to frustration, anger and/or anxiety.
With the things we can control, it’s about finding how to take action that is in line with our values and that supports who we really are. In order to do this, we will obviously need to get clarity on these things. This will bring rich rewards, as we begin to feel the ease and empowerment of this openness, honesty, congruence, authenticity and alignment.
This can be defined as:
- adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
- the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.
- a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.
I love how these definitions are interconnected! When we live in alignment with our values – ie adhering to our moral and ethical principles – then we can be in a state of being whole, sound, undiminished and unimpaired.
Not only does living authentically give us moral and ethical integrity, it gives us physical integrity as well. By making our choices with honesty, congruence and alignment we support greater structural integrity in our very cells, making them more resilient and able to ward off dis-ease.
Tomorrow I’ll share some further tips and techniques.