This week I have been feeling a bit stretched thin and unfocused. Life gets hectic and I feel like I can’t catch my flow.
In these moments I try to do something to find balance. My morning walks are a good start, especially on mornings like today… magnolias are at the end of their blooming season and they are almost completely gone from the trees. However, there are a few lingering and I got a perfect view of one of them. Most are at the top of the trees and I cannot reach, so finding one low enough to get close to made my heart happy! I love the detail, getting up close, there’s beauty hidden behind the petals. If only for a brief moment I’m lost in the scent and perfection of my favorite flower. Sometimes it only takes seconds to get the reset that allows me to find a bit of balance.
Outside of nature, I find that being in the routine of daily yoga practice is where I find immense peace. Getting lost in the act of finding physical balance to find my soul balance. One recent morning I was frazzled and irritable, until I settled into child’s pose. Suddenly I felt the stress melt. Frazzled no more, ready to face my day. There weren’t many minutes to spend in practice, but I didn’t need long. Just 15 minutes of nothing but the yoga mat, yoga poses, and a quieted brain were enough.
It is a busy time of year in an unusual and stressful year. Don’t forget to take time for yourself, for your soul. Smell some flowers, go for a walk, do some yoga… whatever brings balance to your life. We all need it and yet so rarely take time for it.