This morning my body was complaining loudly enough that I knew I needed to stay home today. After cancelling participation in an activity I normally enjoy, I knew I needed to revisit activities for the weekend. While my stomach rolled, and my body hurt, my intuition was waving a red flag. This was familiar territory and, having a history of learning the hard way, I decided to restore balance — now.
If the goal is balance, then we need to take into account all of our needs. We need balance between work and play, thoughts and feelings, our professional and personal life, giving and receiving, the physical and spiritual realm, and family and personal needs. There is a still, small voice of spiritual guidance that alerts us when change is required. However, we need to be listening. The more we listen, the easier it is to pick up on the gentle inner nudgings that offer guidance to the right time and place through a flow of synchronicity. Katherine Butler Hathaway shares this thought on intuition, “It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient, and thin.”
Intuition offers balance and balance promotes harmony. Here is a musical analogy: Think of a Chopin piano concerto played by a novice musician and a virtuoso. Both are playing the same notes, but one of them has had a lifetime of practice and knows exactly where to pause in order to create meaning and passion. If we look at our lives as a concerto, then we know individual notes must be learned, played, and practiced to achieve balanced harmony. Even more important is knowing when to pause! There is an inner cadence of contentment when we have struck just the right balance between our family and community responsibilities, and our inner needs for spiritual growth and personal expression.
Sarah Ban Breathnach offers this insight, “Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to think, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so we can make changes for the better.” It is the pause in music that gives it meaning and beauty, and it is the pauses in life that guide us into the harmony of daily balance.
Today I’m slowing down to reevaluate what I need to change. I’m wanting to avoid a noisy cacophony of demands, in favor of a symphony from my soul – that is where balance resides. I’m doing a pause – anyone care to join me?
Until next time – Sylvia