Chill vs. Lean In

I find that navigating through life without a lot of undue stress is about being able to stay pliable through its many ebbs and flows. Sometimes you just have to plant your feet, ground yourself and lean in. While other times laying back and meditating on the rhythm of the waves is just what you need to float the currents before moving forward on your path.

The ability to feel in your gut the time to act and the time to be still is inherent within us all.  It is up to us individually to pay attention to the signals that our intuitive selves sends us.  But we must learn the language of Self.  Sitting in silent contemplation is vital to learning this language and helps to develop our creative selves.  But we must also apply to the outside world what we have learned in stillness in order to create a positive change.

Over this last decade our society has gotten even more preoccupied with busy-ness. We pride ourselves on working non stop throughout the day and often remark how there just seems not to be enough time in our days to fit in even more things to do.

But there is a balance. The balance between To Do and Not Do is so essential to our wellness. Doing too much, we risk our physical and emotional health. Doing too little, we risk creative expansion.

What can we do to find balance:

1. Take a break if you’re feeling blocked creatively.  Sometimes creative blockage is intuition speaking to you.  Even if it’s only five minutes every hour while at work to focus on your breathing or stretching and checking your posture can help your creative flow.

2. Stay hydrated.  It’s amazing how dehydrated we can become during the day. One sign is brain fog.  Have a drink of water every hour to help replenish and refresh your body.

3. Take 5 – 10 minutes upon waking and before bed for meditation or reflection.  What did you accomplish today… What do you want to accomplish tomorrow? End your meditation or reflection with another 5 or 10 minutes of stillness. Focus on your breathing, heartbeat or nothing at all. Don’t hold on to any one thing when you’re done.   Either get up and start your day or let your mind relax even more and drift off to sleep.

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4. Get up and get out! If you’re feeling stagnant MOVE! If you can’t leave the house, put on some uptempo music and dance… Get your blood pumping and let the child in you out to play! If mobility is an issue, do a craft or play a game with a child, play with your pet, nurture a plant!FB_IMG_1524136592560.jpg

5. When you are feeling overwhelmed… Be Still.  Do nothing at all.  Have a day of silence. Take a quiet walk in nature.  Or help someone else accomplish a goal they’ve been struggling with.  You’ll be amazed at how sometimes helping someone else in their accomplishment will create a spark for your own creative flame.IMG_20180312_075309_849

In the mean time… Stay Balance and Be Well!

Ellavate7 ❤