I am on a personal journey. I long for all of these things in my life. Some I have. Some I don't. Some are elusive. Some come and go.
Then I asked myself, "What do I need to do to move toward balance?"
My very first response was to dedicate myself more fully to my yoga practice. I know I have said it a million times before and now I say it again, I am never more myself than when I am on my mat. Never. And I have been there, more than ever. I have been practicing almost every day and I love it. I grounds me. I makes me feel fully alive. Fully me.
A few months ago I went into a Fair Trade import shop in the city. I looked around at all of the wares. Beautiful handcrafted items. Coffee and tea. Chocolate too. Instruments, baskets, purses and jewellery. I am not one for jewellery but a particular bracelet caught my eye. It was make of wood beads, 6 different strands. I picked it up and slipped it on my wrist. I knew I had to have it. It made me feel... balanced. I was pleased to learn it only cost $14. Every morning after I wash my face, brush my teeth and dress, I put my bracelet on and I smile. Like I said, it grounds me. It is a simple, organic reminder of who I am meant to be.
I put it on and I carry on. Just a small thing that keeps me balanced.
And so as my journey toward balance begins, I have to learn to put myself on my priority list. I have to care for and nurture my soul. I have to become the woman I was meant to be for myself, for my husband, for my children, for my family and for the (Universe, Great Creator, God, Shiva or whatever your name for that which is greater than you.)