October 19, 2013

Make Time for Downtime

We live in a society that promotes busyness: Work to get to the top of your field! Cook gourmet meals from scratch! Stay fit! Volunteer! It's often a struggle to find just a moment of downtime. And as we become busier and busier, even the activities that bring us joy can feel like just one more thing to do.

So, how do we bring balance into our hectic lives? Often, we look for some external solution that can make us better, stronger, more spiritual, or happier. But the search itself can leave us feeling busier, more stressed, and ultimately, less fulfilled. The real key to finding balance is to focus internally and listen to what's inside.

Achieving balance can be as simple as taking regular moments to connect with yourself. Do something that turns your awareness inward. Whether that means a walk in nature, a nap, or a two-minute meditation, your inner cue will be unique from that of others—the essential part is to honor your body's messages.


IN THIS ISSUE

Back in Balance

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/1499

Turn the Volume Up or Down to Tune into Your Practice

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/1239


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