Have you recently felt feelings of  jubilation, like your floating on top of the world, yet simultaneously grounded? Most likely, you were experiencing the by-product of being truly balanced within your body. Your mind and your body collaborated in unison and the result was this harmonious flow of beautiful thoughts within a calm and tranquil body. Balancing your mind, body and spirit truthfully does require effort; recognizing the places within that need nurture and learning how to feed those devoid spots.  When mind, body and spirit are connected and are all being carefully developed with patience, time, energy and love, you will experience peace, affinity and an angelic melody to move through life with ease. There are several ways to create that structure, that balance that we all long for. Relationships are key to enjoying the balance we all crave. Relationships with people, food and thyself. Begin by asking yourself how are your relationships? Are you hungry for more love, touch, sex, intimacy or friendship? (Remember, they are all different.) How could your relationships benefit by adding any of these five elements? How are your interactions with family & friends? Do you feel fulfilled by those in your life, are they giving and receiving just as you are? Sit back and reflect on your relationship with the food you eat. Do you have cravings? When do you have them? Do you eat in response to emotional situations? Cravings can be intense and are in response to a vitamin, mineral or fat deficiency. By understanding your deficiency, you can work to eliminate your cravings and have a deeper and more distinguished understanding and appreciation for your body and thus treat it with loving kindness. Knowledge is a powerful tool in creating your ultimate state of wellness. This state is different for everyone. We are all unique, as one person’s  delight can be another’s poison. When was the last time you satisfied yourself spiritually? Whether it’s a walk in the park, a stroll on the beach (barefoot!) or simply sitting quietly with yourself in a meditative state; ask yourself how nourishing your spiritual side impacts your overall sense of wellness? The beauty in the art of balance is that we have full control over our bodies level of balance simply by our actions and reactions to life. Finding your personal sense of calm, creating a safe space to reflect and learning how to love yourself fully from the inside out can provide immense nourishment and inner beauty, shining from within, permeating outward. While most of us tend to feel off kilter from time to time, knowing how to bring yourself back into balance and recognizing that a change needs to be implemented is half the battle. Deep breathing, yoga, meditation, gardening,a great chat with a close friend, a hug and a cup of tea along with a good read always brings me back to my safe and comfy space. Sometimes all it takes is a great start to your morning, scratching off from your to-do list, a hug from a loved one or a hike on a sunny day to feel the physiological, mental and emotional effects of a body in balance. While it can be phrased as an art, balance is first felt by taking the time to love yourself enough to live in harmony….mind, body, spirit as one. Need a few tips to get back on the balance wagon? Once you feel imbalanced, take 15 minutes of silence; sit quietly and practice deep breathing from the depths of your belly. This type of breathing will slow your heart rate down as well as your racing mind and your body will slowly begin to restore itself into balance. Grab a buddy and get moving! When your body’s in motion, you’ve broken a sweat, your mind can clear itself of toxic thoughts; your endorphins kick into high gear and tackling your to-do-list wont feel as daunting! Lastly, attempt to schedule ” me time.” Love yourself enough to cook a beautiful meal on a weeknight, take an after dinner stroll, curl up with your fav book or simply practice some living room yoga by candlelight. Restorative activities have a wonderful overall effect on your health, thus bringing your state back into balance, all while feeling gorgeous from the inside out! Keep it simple, lovely and purely authentic…the art of balance awaits.

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