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Creating Balance Within

Hello beautiful ones!!

I hope today finds you balanced and full of gratitude, but if this is not the case, then please feel free to read on for either yourself, a loved one, friend or even a co-worker, that you may be able to help return balance to after reading my little blog.

Often times, we become “out of balance” or “out of sorts” and have a feeling of being off, or not in sync. What is that we are out of sync with? What creates this feeling of imbalance in our life? In our busy day to day life, with “too much to do and not enough time in the day to do it” mentality, we tend to put ourself last in a long line of  “must do’s”.  We tend to put simple pleasure, such as sitting down for a few minutes under a shade tree to just feel the breeze blowing, or taking few moments of quiet relaxation, on our luxury list, when in all realty this is a necessity to stay at our optimal functioning capacity. There are only so many days you can keep going in a pace of “nonstop from morning to night” before you begin to go off balance, and as a result, many of us walk around in this state of imbalance for most of our daily waking hours.

Today, I want to help you with regaining  your feeling of balance, peacefulness, and gratitude with simple methods you can do anywhere at anytime, to bring balance back into your daily life.

Let’s start with balance itself. What does balance actually mean? The word balance in the most simplest form means to be in harmony. Every part of you, the physical, the mental, and the spiritual, working in harmony with each other and the universe. This is a wonderful place to be in.

harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole

Balance is having the right amount — not too much or too little — of any quality, which leads to harmony or evenness. You might admire the balance someone has achieved between working hard and having fun. (shared from )

When you create balance within, you create harmony within, which leads to gratitude or a state of gratefulness, and this in turn leads to a feeling of love….. the pure state of giving or receiving love.

So, how do we create this balance, when we have “tipped the scales” a little? One of the quickest ways to bring your self back into balance is with the breath or prana. When you create balance within the breath, you will begin to balance the body. As you bring balance to the body, allow the mind to follow. Once the body and mind are balanced, the spirit aligns and flourishes, spreading outward into universal energy.

Here is a simple way to create balance with pranayama (breathing technique or exercise).

  • Take a comfortable seat wherever you are at the moment. Allow your body to relax and be fully supported by your chair, or the ground, or whatever it is you are sitting on. Softly gaze down, or close the eyes.
  • Begin by taking a deep inhale through the nose, pulling the breath all the way to the belly, and a full cleansing exhale through the mouth. Do this one more time.
  • Now bring your awareness to your breath as you inhale and exhale through the nose. After a few natural deep breaths, begin to lengthen out your inhales to a count of 4, then pause for count of 2 (holding the breath at the top of the inhale), then exhale counting to 4, pause for 2 (at the bottom of the exhale).
  • If this is comfortable and your breath remains steady and even, you may lengthen out the inhale/exhale to 6 in between the pauses or hold…..so you would inhale 6-hold 2- exhale 6- hold 2….or you can keep it just as it is 4-2-4-2.
  • While you are breathing slowly, fully and deliberately, shift your awareness to how your body is feeling and reacting to your breath. Feel the energy in your body slowly start to shift into a more relaxed state.
  • Continue doing this for approximately 3 to 5 minutes or longer if you wish.
  • You will feel a noticeable difference in the quality of your breath, your thoughts, and your body. Once you reach the 5 minutes (or longer if you wish) stay seated and allow your breath to return to its natural state, not controlling the inhale and exhale, but allowing it to now flow naturally but making sure the inhales and exhales are deep and full, continue pulling the breath all the way to the belly on the inhale.
  • Sit quietly with your breath for another 5 min. If any thoughts come to mind, simply acknowledge them and see them drifting away to return at a more opportune time.
  • After the full 10 minutes has went by, slowly begin to invite movement back in to your body by opening and closing the hands, flexing the feet, and slowly and gently roll your head from one side to the other a couple times.
  • Notice how your body and mind feel at this moment. Allow yourself to realize that you have achieved a state of calm, peace and balance. Know that at anytime you can return to this state simply by returning to a few deep breaths.

 

Another way to create balance is with meditation, or prayer, or simply taking a walk out in nature. Allowing yourself to go inward, feel the energy around you and within yourself. Be aware of your body….releasing tension, quieting the mind, and just simply being present in the moment.

Creating balance within yourself is not difficult or time consuming, but all too often we forget to take those few moments to refocus, rebalance, re-energize ourselves. By taking those few moments, you are honoring yourself, loving yourself, and bringing yourself into a natural state of healing and harmony.

I hope this helps you and brings a gentle reminder in an all too often busy “everyone else comes first” world we tend to operate in, that we must sometimes take those few precious moments to just inhale and exhale…..and breath deeply.

Wishing you all love and blessings,

Penni

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