Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pondering with a Purpose--Balance


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This Week's prompt is: Balance
I find that I need to focus on both internal and external elements for balance: external things–like work, relationships, and activities, and what is going on inside my heart and mind.
I found this little outline to help better understand the beneficial components on both ends of each spectrum.
1) Internal (Mind, Heart, Health)
  • Mind: Challenging yourself intellectually vs. creating opportunities for your mind to rest
  • Heart: Giving love vs. receiving love
  • Health: Eating, drinking, exercising properly vs. resting and treating yourself to some extra yummies
2) External (Work, Social, Family, Fun)
  • Work: Pushing yourself to achieve goals vs. seeing the bigger picture and enjoying the ride
  • Social: Satisfying your social desires vs. taking time for yourself
  • Family: Fulfilling your familial responsibilities vs. creating healthy boundaries
  • Fun: Allocating time for things you enjoy doing vs. making sure you don’t overdo it
As you can see, both ends of each spectrum are actually positive; but if either side is taken to an extreme, something that is intended to be positive can end up being detrimental.
It is easy to loose focus on any area, but I try and review them and stay somewhere in the middle.  I think awareness of what is going on in my life is the key to achieving balance.

7 comments:

  1. Knowing when to stay in the middle is the real balancing act.

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  2. Somewhere in the middle is hard for me. I tend to swing one way or the other. I'm glad you find balance.

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  3. I love the way that you broke this down.... visualizing it makes it seem so much more orderly...

    Thanks for pondering with me!

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  4. I'm with the others - - the middle is often very hard for me!

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  5. That is a very awesome and helpful guideline - I love that!

    And it is so true "awareness". The happiest and most centered people I know are very much self-aware.

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  6. As usual this is an insightful and well thought out post. I enjoy reading your thoughts.

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  7. What a great post, very organized way of seeing things, and you are right, we can so easily become over-focused on one area that we tend to slight others that are equally important to feel a sense of balance and peace in our lives.

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