Finding balance

yin-yang

As it is the spring equinox today, it is a perfect time to think about balance. This is one of the two days in the year when there is equal day and equal night, a time when there is balance between light and dark.  Postures such as the Tree (vrksasana) help us to balance physically and also to balance right and left sides of the brain, harmonising the free-flowing, creative right side with the more logical left side.

It’s a good time to reflect on bringing balance into various areas of our lives, balancing …….

  • Work with play
  • Being with doing
  • Grounding energies of the earth with the spiritual realms of the sky
  • Giving with receiving

What others can you think of, and which areas of your life might need balancing up?

Resilience

flowers in the snow

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ~ Maya Angelou

Given a slight rise in temperature and some sunshine, I know these cyclamen in my garden will unfurl and perk up again. They’ve had to adapt to the snow and frost that we had overnight, but are resilient enough to cope with it. We can learn from nature, knowing that we can’t control what happens in our lives, but develop that resilience to cope with it.

I’m sitting here smiling to myself this morning, as I’m preparing for the ‘Springtime Dru Yoga’ session that I’m running on Saturday. When I first thought of doing it, I was imagining daffodils swaying in a gentle breeze, green leaves unfurling on the trees and feeling the warmth of approaching summer in the air.  Not howling blizzards, temperatures falling to -4 overnight and the flowers still wrapped up inside their buds!

This is only a small example, but when life presents you with bigger challenges, you can use yoga and breathing practices like the calming breath to help you cope. And with regular practice, you’ll build up your own inner strength and resilience, so you won’t be knocked down quite so often and will bounce back more quickly.

What amazes you with joy?

snowdrops

“What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings,
what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,
what you read, who you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” ~ Pedro Arrupe

What amazes you with joy and gratitude?
For me, its the beauty of the world around me – sunsets, an early ladybird, a bird of prey soaring in the sky, bright stars, masses of snowdrops, sunshine and shadows.