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Work / Life Balance - Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 6:39 am

In life, it is easy to lose balance if you are not paying attention. If there is one thing worth studying for everyone, it is having balance between your personal and professional life. So, how do we become successful without losing ourselves in the process? First of all, let’s understand what balance actually is.

There are two types of balance: Physical, associated with your doing nature. And mental, associated with your feeling nature.

Physical balance is having a healthy diet and exercise routine to balance your electro-chemical energy. What you choose to do with your time and energy is, and always has been, up to you. These choices (whether it be diet, exercise or what you do) adhere to the law of moderation: If you spend too much working one muscle, you compromise others. If you eat too much carbohydrates for energy, you may compromise the growth and repair from proteins. If you spend all your time developing one skill, you can compromise others. To acheive something at a high level, you have to put time into it, that's just how it is. So, look closely at your life and put your time and energy towards the things that are important to you. If you are doing this and you still feel off balance, chances are, you have uncontrolled thoughts pulling you away from your ability to focus.This is a mental issue.

Mental balance is about being present. i.e., being where your thoughts are. When you give this moment your full attention, this is called focus and the main ingredient behind success and acheivement, as well as work life balance. Look closely at where you put your mental energy (thoughts). If you are constantly directing your thoughts towards areas that don't concern you, you will compromise yourself. If you are constantly feeding others needs and not your own, you may compromise yourself and end up feeling resentful. To bring mental balance into your life, quiten your mind, bring your thoughts into the present moment and make the time to direct your awareness both outwardly (to understand things in the outside world) and inwardly (to understand you).

Wherever you direct your conscious awareness is where you will see growth in your life, so direct it to areas that you want to give your attention. If your job has become more important than you or your family for example, that's ok, come back to your centre and learn from the experience. There are many excuses for experiencing a lack of work/life balance, but they are still excuses. Remember, whether it is personal or professional, it is about the quality of time, not the amount. So, take control of your life, where ever you are, be there. There may be some decisions you have to make with what you are doing in an outward sense, but ultimately, it is by cultivating a balanced mind in an inward sense that will make you feel balanced in an outward sense.

 3 Tips for work / life balance: make it easier

1.Practise Kelee Meditation 2 x day to still the mind.  Allow 5-10 minutes for self-reflection.

2.Develop an awareness of correct posture and movement patterns.

3. Drink at least 0.03 times you body weight (in kg's) of clear water a day and eat raw unprocessed foods as much as possible.

4. Wherever you are, be there!                                

 

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Knowledge needs to be accompanied with daily action and discipline to acheive long term health, happiness and high performance.

Here are some things to focus on... daily!

1. Meditate (meditation clears the mind of clutter, develops focus and awareness, as well as healing via a calming of the nervous system.

2. Contemplate: Take the time every day to contemplate the direction of your life and how you could move foward in a more harmonious way

3. Exericse: Move with awarness of correct posture and enjoyment, every day! 

4. Hydrate: Drink 0.03 times your body weight a day (in kg's) as a minimum to help the body process toxins and function at an optimum

5. Trust your feelings: Feel first, do second. This means you are not running on auto pilot devoid of feeling and awareness of what you are getting into.