I had seen pictures in the past but this time it brought a number of questions to mind “why don't I have the same intimate knowledge of when my life has moved out of balance as I do with my sword?” “why do I have to wait for the “fall” before I have a realization of imbalance?” More importantly “what changes do I want to make so that I create that awareness for myself?”
Anything that brings me out of my head and into my body for a period of time works really well. For me that is dance, meditation, bodywork and yoga. Stopping everything to just breathe for a few minutes works well but if I add some body movement to those breaths then it is so much more effective. Stopping the mind chatter to just move and breath for a period of time ... feels fabulous!
Maintaining more balance in life, making both work and play a priority is so important to keep stress at bay and I know when I take the time I sleep better, feel better, live better. It's definitely my priority this year.
What steps do you take to maintain balance for you? Do you bring enough play into your life?