Flowing Like Water
Balance is a dirty, ugly word these days. It seems that many of us are just ready to throw in the towel on the idea that we could find that point at which everything is in its correct proportions. Maybe life is more about juggling than balance. But the truth is I'm clumsy and the idea of juggling is horrifying and overwhelming to me. I won't lie for years I lived unbalanced. From the food I ate to the words I spewed there was a lot of toxicity going on. Then I had my son. Many moms I've met talk about how their children change them but its more than that because regardless of if you have kids or not we are all constantly changing. But if change is the constant in nature then balance is always the goal. So why is finding or creating your own balance such a bad or scary thing? It is scary because it takes work and not just for a day but for every single day. Just as we as women are constantly changing so is the balance of our lives. It takes consistency while also ongoing adjustment. This can be why it is so frustrating! Just when we have that elusive balance something changes! So why even try? Try because it is worth it. When there is balance, even fleeting, it has a domino effect. Attempting to find balance affects every aspect of your life. From the food you eat, to the time you spend with your spouse, friends, and children, to your work and exercise.
For the last month I have served on instagram as a yoga ambassador for The Round Rock Yoga Room and it has really caused me to reflect on the metaphor yoga and other exercises like it can give for the balance we seek in our lives. This studio is focused on meeting you where you are on your journey and helping you go further. I always viewed yoga as a flowing and that you either came to with the ability to be flexible or you didn't, but I was so wrong. Just like in life the balance in yoga isn't natural or easy. It takes strength and control to power yoga and to power ourselves. It takes conscious control to work toward balance and strength to power you to keep on going. Water is a gentle force but also one of the deadliest in the world; however, no matter what it always achieves balance. It flows with purpose and strength.
When I started my journey toward balance two years ago I never could've imagined all the amazing things that would come along with it. The changes it has made in my life are astounding. Not only does it impact my health but also my relationships. Even on the days I find myself out of whack I see the purpose for working towards balance again.
Like anything else you must first take one step which is always the hardest. Whether you begin today by paying attention to the food you eat, putting down the phone and relishing in making memories with your family or friends, meal planning, or working on something towards time management of your week I encourage you to take that first step toward balance and flow like water.