12 Sep 2015 | John Stamoulos

Maintaining balance in life requires:

  • knowing what you want,
  • being aware of what does and doesn’t work for you
  • taking action that is in alignment with your authentic self.

In moving with the inevitable changes and challenges in life, balance plays a critical role. A prolonged over-focus in one area of life can knock you off your center and disrupt the integrity in all other areas. Too much energy put into work can create a lopsided vacuum of attention in your home life; not enough play can stifle your creative juices; too much rational mind can kill your compassion and cut connection to your heart.

The net effect of this imbalance is a lot like trying to turn a jagged wheel in soft sand – impossible at worst and difficult at best. The end result is suffering and exhaustion of mind, body and spirit.

Getting upright and restoring balance after life gets ‘off-kilter’ :

Ideally, balance is about having an even focus in all areas of life. Here is a short exercise you can do to assess your own life’s harmony and flow.

Choose the area of your life that you feel needs your attention. Here is a list of potential categories for your consideration:  (adapted from my Life Assessment Tool)

Spirituality

Personal Development

Physical Health and Vitality

Self-Expression

Finance

Career and Service to Humanity

Sacred Relationships

Home and Family

Relaxation and Leisure

Then, ask yourself these three questions:

  •  What is it I really want in this category of my life?
  •  How far away from that heart’s desire am I with regard to this category?

Rate it on a scale from 0-10 (10 being far away, 0 being connected)

  •  What one step can I take right now to return to a heart- centered equilibrium in this area of my life?

(Repeat for any of the categories above.)

 When your efforts are clear and in harmony with your authentic self, you have choice-filled balance in your direction and you open the door for more joy, inner strength, confidence and resilience in life.

 Vision + Clarity = Authentic Self

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