Hello, hello. I hope all is well.
I wanted to talk to you today about the holy grail of modern life, the ever elusive "life balance". Search no further people, the truth is..
... "There is no such thing as work life balance. It's all life. The balance has to be within you" - Sadhguru
My clients often come to me burnt out, overwhelmed and trying to spin so many plates. Life is busy. There are no two ways about it but there is STILL something out there that seems to make us think that we should be doing it ALL, and doing it all PERFECTLY.
It's not possible, although some people make it look like it is, and we start to come down with a serious case of comparisonitis.
This can make us feel inadequate when we are far from it. This fear of inadequacy and being "found out" fuels us to keep going, planning, time mangaging.. to fit something else in, to forget about that thing we were going to do for ourselves (not important, right? )... and get it ALL done. Eventually we just collapse in a heap of self doubt and exhaustion.
Enough, I say!
"You can do anything, but not everything" David Allen
Overwhelm and stress caused by modern pressures is a biggie. My clients come to me frazzled. They are running at 100 miles an hour to keep on top of it, missing the present moment too often and life is passing so fast. Although they know it's damaging their health and relationships, they don't know where to start
The idea of getting strong, healthy and balanced, physically and emotionally, is not so you can DO more, powering through life like a supersonic robot getting it all done perfectly, but to get strong and balanced so you can do what you have to do with resilience, humour, and joy. Then also discern whats important and necessary, and get on with those things and have the confidence and courage to let other stuff go.
When you take time to cultivate a strong, balanced body, meditative mind and a health nervous system, you are connected back into your life.
Pilates and Kundalini Yoga can help with this internal balance. You can be more present and get on with your busy life with verve and vitality.
Overwhelm and anxiety will always come up as a part of life but letting go of the need to do it all and be perfect, knowing that you are safe and your world and doing just fine helps. Staying in Overwhelm and anxiety is where the damage happens. Let stuff go, practically and emotionally. You have more freedom, which according to Thich Nhat Hanh is they only condition for happiness.
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”
I believe that looking after our bodies and our minds this way has never more essential. We are younger longer, our bodies have to last a long time and we are living a demanding lifestyle - That isn't going to change, and we are still going to have to do loads of things that we are obligated to do. Life is still going to be busy and thats okay. It doesnt have to be ovewhelming though. We can ride the stormy waves and enjoy the adventure.
You'll get a pocket meditation on how to get out of overwhelm and get your balance in my Facebook Live on Wednesday 8th August at 09:30 (CET). I'll put it in the Laura Ceppelli Yoga and Pilates Page and in the Limitless group.
Thank you :)
If you would like to talk to me about my work grab a coffee and cake call and we can chat. I would love to talk to you.