New BalancePosted: January 27, 2012 | |
I put on a new pair of shoes made by a company called New Balance and they fit, both in size and as a metaphor for the changes in my life. I am exercising regularly for the first time in a long time. My physical activity now comes as a first priority and that creates a need for a new balance in my life. My schedule has changed. What shall I do first? Meditate? Exercise? Write? Pay bills? Everything seems important and it should all be done quickly – before my enthusiasm and energy wane with the dwindling day.
Did you play a game called freeze when you were a child? All the kids would be playing in the back yard or park and suddenly one would call out, “Freeze”. We froze in whatever position we were in and had to stay absolutely still. The first one to move lost the game.
It seems to me that sometimes we want to carry the game freeze into our adult lives. We want to get everything perfect and keep it that way forever. We’d like to clean up our children and freeze them till Sunday church begins. We’d like to get to normal weight and wave our magic freezing wands. You get the idea.
Of course Freeze was only a game, not a worthwhile goal. As children, we needed to move in order to grow; as adults we still need to move to grow into our dreams. Actually, it is an imperative. We must grow or stagnate. Especially in this modern world, the quick-change artists and early adapters win the race. Our balance has to come from graceful, easy movement, not from freezing life in place.
Life certainly changes, no matter how much we resist it. It seems to me that life is not only about change, it is about a constant necessity for a new balance. We don’t simply march straight ahead, we shift, bend and dance along our way. It can be a lot of fun if we move into the changes with wisdom.
As followers of New Thought, we can learn to use affirmative prayer techniques that really help with all kinds of balance issues. Whether it is balancing your checkbook, finding a new boyfriend, girlfriend, home or job, prayer treatment is fast and effective. We can change our lives very rapidly and that’s a good thing as long as we don’t get out of balance.
I feel better since I started exercising and I enjoy it some days. Some days I have to admit that I don’t love the movement, it is just what I need to do in order to express self-love. On those days, I often choose to use a mantra as I walk on the path or in the water. I especially love to walk in the water and meditate as a liquid variation of a walking meditation.
It helps me to remember that my spiritual practice is what created the change in my body that makes exercise possible. It is also what created my writing career. I also learned a long time ago that spending time in prayer and meditation makes any day go better for me. So no matter what is going on, I keep my balance by including my spiritual practice in every day.
When you set your priorities, it is important to make sure you make are moving you in the direction of your dreams. It is so easy to slip into trying to please other people – especially those we love. But in the long run, we can never achieve happiness by just pleasing others. We must also please ourselves.
You are the only one who knows what you desire. It is impo
rtant not to let other people tell you what your dreams should be. So be careful to include some alone time in your day so as to not to let other people confuse you. There are always ways to spend time moving ahead and there are always ways to enjoy life. If you know your priorities you can control your choices and create a new balance.
Do I know what I want?
Considering my priorities, do I need to change my schedule?