I have learned from exploring themes around balance with many women in my Delight programs, that balance is very personal.
I was recently interviewed by Balanced Mom Magazine. It was a moment of reflection in my own journey. Claiming to be a balanced mom is not easy, no matter how much you formally study it or informally work at it. Feeling balanced can be as elusive as feeling your full beauty, competence, or courage. The term balancing “act” makes complete sense, doesn’t it?
For me, balance is a practice of creating space for mindfulness and renewal, managing the quality and quantity of your energy and growing in self compassion. Together they create a center within us that becomes our axis.
My favorite yoga teacher, Charu Rachlis, once shared the metaphor, "Finding your center is like throwing clay on a potter’s wheel. It is the most difficult part of the process, but once you find your center, it’s what allows you to keep your symmetry, no matter how fast the wheel of life spins."
- "It’s important to hold a strong enough sense of self that life never feels bigger than you are." -- Michele McAdams, Jefferson Elementary School Social Worker
- "Balance is not an endpoint in itself but rather a tool of flexibility that you apply as you work towards what’s most important to you." -- Jenn Beverage, Life Coach
- "You must push down in order to stand up. Grounding is a critical part of healing." -- Brad Yantzer, Human Form, Function and Energy Healer
- “Poets have never used the word balance for good reason . . . It’s too obvious and therefore untrustworthy; it is also a deadly boring concept and seems to speak as much to being stuck and immovable, as much as harmony.” -- David Whyte, The Three Marriages. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.