Your replies on my last email humbled me ☺️!
To connect and exchange with you fulfills me. It's my main intention to write to you. So thank you so much for taking time and sharing your challenge on what and how to start.
One big insight from all your responses in Switzerland, the USA, Germany and Portugal.
You're not alone.
In common you've got, that in the hectic daily life, you need to find time for yourself and balance among the different roles you carry while fulfilling your expectations and the one from others.
Especially with your kids and partner, you see yourself in the dance of guilt, and "but, I need my care". And also, you feel the constant pressure of performing in your job and providing for your family.
And before you realize you'll say something like, that you feel tired, exhausted, disconnect, overwhelmed. Would you agree?
Here's what I'd love to share with you from my experience.
A vital thought that I've come to believe is that there's no such thing as balance. You can't control happenings and events in the outer world. They come, go, and you'll need to find a way to manage it.
I couldn't have said it better, than Berta in her response to my last email:
"So my life is always in adjust mode, starting, figuring out the best way, lots of times one step in front, two in the wrong direction, always making little adjustments."
Though you may not control the world around you, you do have the chance to balance within yourself. It's a constant process, of knowing who you are and what's best for you.
I've come to experience that my Yoga practice grounds me, strengthens my body, clears my mind, and fosters my compassion and detachment. And when I speak about balance, that these senses of being express it to me the most at the moment:
Ground, strength, clarity, compassion, surrender.
They help me to deal with the ups and downs of daily life in a rooted place and with an open heart likewise and therefore I feel less stressed, anxious, and overloaded.
To deal with daily life is a practice. Some days don't work well. And it's ok for me as long as I keep trying the next day again.
So, my questions are, supposing that taking care of yourself, does enhance the quality of your life:
Why do you feel challenged to do it?
Why do you carry resistance turning to yourself first?
Why do you feel guilty about doing it? 🤔
With all my heart, I'd love to hear from you, your objections. Send me an email here! Because you've got an inner spark worth to be cherished.
Always with love
Your Stef ❤️
PS: On a note re Yoga practice, even a small amount of regular practice can bring you positive results for yourself and daily routines. You won't need much time to begin with Ashtanga Yoga. In four to six sessions, you'll be able to practice the fundamentals. You want to try it?