Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi

I love that quote. Each time I read it, I am reminded that directing my focus correctly is what allows me to achieve my dreams, and that listening and acting from the heart allows me to achieve balance in mind, body and spirit.

As I began to contemplate how I adjust my approach to balance, I realized that adjustment for me lately is about recognizing ways that I sabotage the balance that I crave by intently focusing on how to change or make it better. By obsessing about where my balance should be, what is or isn't out of whack I am indeed adjusting my balance – right out of the harmonious rhythm that I am seeking.

One of my first yoga instructors made a lasting impression on me when she said “The most important lesson that we learn is to be constant in the practice of being present.” At the time, it seemed like an easy enough task - practice being present. It turns out, as my practice has grown, this is much harder for me than it seemed. It is sort of like riding a bike. If you look too long in a direction other than where you are heading, the bike begins to veer off course in the direction of your gaze. Directing focus to what is right in front me, moving one step, and one breath, at time with the intent that I have created is the practice of being completely present for me. Being aware aligns my perception of balance and allows me to do the best that I can in that instant, completely immersed in the full experience moment by moment.

To be in the moment, I am discovering that I must move from the heart, before my mind has a chance to bring reason or prejudice into focus. This is how I find courage to readjust and stay rooted in the present moment. Being present with intent from the heart opens up my ability to move through a fear, a limitation or that nagging voice of doubt in my head, gently guiding me back to a present center of balance. I am slowly understanding that this one small action turns the chemistry of authenticity into fireworks and passion to fuel the journey of an extraordinary life.

Each journey begins with a deep breath in. Identifying and pushing individual boundaries requires focused intention and a release of a deep breath out, in order to realign our perception of balance during the journey.

To Bloom Where You Are … Just Breathe

1 Response...

Anonymous says:
August 9, 2011 at 6:21 AM
Beautiful, thank you for your perspective.
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