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The idea of finding balance can be overwhelming. For many of us, we live in a high-stress, fast-paced world where we feel immense pressure to always be connected, informed, and productive, to always be reaching for the next promotion and to be totally on top of our game. I’m not sure about you, but I constantly feel like I’m fighting against the clock to get everything done for my family, my career and myself. So when I hear bloggers and other experts talk about achieving work/life balance, I tend to cringe.
While I love the idea of work/life balance, I’m not sure I believe it’s actually realistic.
In Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, she talks about her challenges balancing marriage, motherhood, and work. She says women can’t have it all, not at the same time. I believe in balance, pure and simple. Balance is the space between doing too much and not doing enough. It’s the place where you feel your absolute best regardless of whether the dishes are done or you’ve reached your sales goal. It’s the place where you feel with utmost confidence, that you are enough and that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. It’s the place where your mind, body, and spirit feel fed. It’s what we call in yoga, the edge. Balance is finding your edge and feeling its magnificence without jumping off, crashing and burning.
My own yoga practice is at the center of my belief in balance. In the beginning, I would practice yoga like I lived my life, always pushing, always driving to get to the next place. Over time, it taught me that pushing to my edge then backing off was enough and sometimes it was actually more challenging than pushing harder.
Balance and playing my edge has become a very important part of how I live my life, not just how I manage each of its parts. That’s why the name, Believe in Balance was so fitting for this blog.
Here are 3 reasons to Believe in Balance:
Balance informs me and gives me permission. Everyday is different. Some days my energy level is low and some days it’s on fire. If I’m tuned in, I know if I should be backing off or driving harder and I give myself permission to do so.
Balance reminds me that I am enough and that this is enough right now. When I’m in balance, I’m not feeling the urge to push, to always be doing, thinking, driving, connecting. I don’t feel FOMO and I’m not comparing myself to others. When I’m in balance I feel at peace.
Balance allows me to prioritize. A balancing yoga pose can be held when all muscles are engaged equally. When you’re putting too much stress on your legs and not enough in your core, you’re more likely to fall out. It’s the same for life, if you’re feeling out of balance, ask yourself where you need more or less emphasis and readjust.
Being in balance isn’t about finding a balance between work and life, and as women, having it all isn’t about finding work/life balance. It’s about finding your balance, your edge and then playing it to find what is needed to make it feel amazing.