Balance is important to anyone's wellbeing and last year, despite my efforts, it remained elusive for me. This year balance is coming easily to me and it's in part due to improved health and partly due to a new attitude.
Over the holidays I read The Yoga Of Eating by Charles Eisenstein, which gave me a new perspective towards my eating habits. Eating mindfully, listening to your body and being aware of the vibration of the food we eat, was the message here.
Before Christmas, inspired by better health, I did a detox of sorts eating totally vegetarian, no alcohol. This year I have settled into a balanced routine where I eat what my body tells me to eat, when it tells me to eat. Nothing is off-limits, but the aim is moderation or 'elegant sufficiency', as my mother would say. Now I eat a little meat every now and again, maybe a glass of wine, or a piece of chocolate. These things all add sweetness to my everyday life and I believe saying no to everything only leaves you wanting. The aim is health.
I have also aimed at a balance in my painting habits, taking breaks more often, before a sore neck tells me to stop. My painting is actually much better for the rest and I don't know why I thought I could push past my body's signals before this!
Yes, 'balance' is it.