Finding Balance and Accepting Chaos

Finding Balance and Accepting Chaos

I’m starting to think that the topics I receive to write about in my weekly blog posts are a sign. This week, I’m presented with the opportunity to talk about finding balance and acceptance in chaos.

The tools that we use in yoga practice to find balance, dristhi and breath, can also be used in your everyday life. In practice, our drishti, or gaze, is the literal focus of our eyesight to help with balance and concentration. And combined with the power of our breath, we can stay in poses forever, right? Or at least until the person in front of us falls out of tree…

In Sanskrit, drishti also means a vision, point of view, or intelligence and wisdom. Having a strong vision of your goals can help bring focus to maintain balance in your life and tuning out the chaos. Or at least until sh!t hits the fan, right?

So breath and gaze are our tools, but how do we really find balance and acceptance? Life is always happening around us – the highs, the lows and the in-betweens. Just like yoga, it’s a practice. For me, chaos happens when I already feel like I’m operating at 100% and then unexpected tasks come up, or things take longer than I planned.

Enter acceptance.

Baron says that “Equanimity is the art of meeting life as it meets you – calmly, without drama or fuss.” I used to get very overwhelmed and shut down when I was busy and my plate would continue to pile up. Rather than accepting that I could still accomplish everything, or even delegate, I wouldn’t get anything done. I would spend time in my head, living in chaos. With breath and vision of where I’m going, I have learned to prioritize, how to shift those priorities, delegating tasks, asking for help, and at the end of the day, accepting what may remain undone.

During 40 days, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the additional commitment that you’ve made to your practice, meditation, diet and yourself. I invite you to take a look at where you are spending your time and prioritize. Can you shift things around so that coming to the studio is enjoyable and not stressful? Can you ask for help with something so you have a few extra minutes to meditate? Can you accept missing a few days of practice when something else requires your focus? Remember your tools of breath and drishti, and use them to practice equanimity on and off your mat.

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