Happy 2013! I just spent two weeks with my family in Thailand… an amazing place! We try to take trips to stay close, educate ourselves and explore the world. During our time there we took a break from the digital world.
I really needed this one. I was exhausted by the time we left, after having several very fun family and friend holiday get-togethers, a launch party for ZEN TIPS, my new book, and finishing up the first part of the school year.
While I was there, I realized what I already know: I need to work on balance in my life! Sometimes it takes a struggle and being too busy to make you realize that you need to make a change. The balance wouldn’t be as sweet if you didn’t have the struggles to start with.
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
Balance is extremely important for a healthy mind and body. A balance between work, play and learning. It’s a simple idea that is really hard to accomplish at times. As we traveled around Thailand, I found myself walking more, reading and learning, and interacting with my family without electronics and other things on my mind.
In 2013 I’m going to try to keep a balance everyday. I know that won’t always happen but I’m going to try! Here’s what I found out in Thailand with pictures to reinforce it. This year, everyday, I AM:
1. Doing Something Physical: It’s important to be physical and not just to lose weight or be in shape. When you move you get endorphins going and it helps your brain as much as your body. Moving helps you to sleep better at night and clears your head of all that chatter. Included in the physical is eating mindfully, too.
2. Doing Something Mentally Stimulating: I want to continue to get outside my comfort zone and keep The Beginnenr’s Mind. Keep learning! I love to research a place before we travel there. We learned a lot about food, culture, Buddhism and elephants.
3. Enjoying My Work: I love both my jobs as a preschool teacher and a writer. Work is good for the soul especially if you do what you love. But don’t let your work/passion become your obsession. After working, take breaks! You’ll actually refresh yourself and work better, more efficiently. I loved working on my new book, ZEN TIPS, before we left but was ready to leave it behind for a few weeks!
4. Doing A Little Bit of Nothing: I used to know this and have forgotten! Stare at the stars, watch a sunset or sunrise. Everthing does not have to have a purpose. Clear out the chatter with nothingness.
5. Connect Spiritually to Start My Day: It doesn’t have to be much, even a simple quote can be the perfect way to start your day. Try to connect to the inner you. Or a higher power if you like.
An added bonus when we take a trip together is the time I spend with my family. We put away those devices, do some active listening and laugh a lot! There’s no distractions and the time together will last a lifetime.
Happy 2013! I hope you’re able to find balance this year, be positive and stop worrying so that you can be closer to your family.
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Jodi Chapman offers this 6 week course to reconnect with your soul.
Paige Burkes has written an amazing course to eat mindfully rather than start off with a diet that doesn’t work.
Tess from the Bold Life has a new course to help you fight your fears and find your passion.
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