Balance is not static. It is a constant endeavor of moving between two extremes, back and forth, ultimately achieving balance when the distance between two extremes is not that far apart, and we can move easily and effortlessly between the two.

When The Life of Balance was first conceived, its primary message was overall life balance that included physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It provided services in bodywork, which is ever evolving and growing through the addition of new techniques and modalities, teaching classes in yoga, etc., the use of essential oils in custom blends and in massage and reflexology, then herbs and gardening, among other things. Over time, however, it has become necessary to evaluate all the moving parts and determine if balance is still being achieved.

While nothing is being eliminated, The Life of Balance will remain a parent entity encouraging balance through yoga and bodywork with the goal that our clients will enjoy the subsequent physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of these services.  Very soon, we will be introducing to The Life of Balance a separate entity that will deal specifically with plants, herbal preparations, essential oils and their uses in everyday life. Stay tuned…

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What dreams may come…

December 11, 2012

So I had this dream last night and I am working it out on paper.  But first,…

I believe in several different kinds of dreams.  There’s the kind where your brain takes out the garbage and has no real purpose other than to create a situation for your subconscious to make sense out of day to day things.  There’s the kind where subtleties reveal issues in your life which need to be dealt with.  There’s also the kind where God Himself is telling you something you need to do, say, undo, let go of, prepare for, etc., and it is usually accompanied by a prayer or a spiritual element within the dream (for me, it is calling on Jesus).  It’s not something to live your life by, but I believe strongly that our dreams are relevant and worthy of our attention. God uses dreams all the time.   It is also important to acknowledge events happening within your life, changes you are making, and the relationships in your life, etc.

I’ve had recurring dreams as most of us do, lucid dreams where I figured out how to control the direction of my dreams, and I have a recurring figure who shows up in dreams from which I am to draw lessons.   Last night, my recurring figure showed up after months and months of absence.  For the longest time, I thought these dreams were more about the mysterious figure in the dream, and, at one time, I attempted to determine their role instead of the message they were bringing.  So let’s see, last night’s dream was about receiving a phone call from this figure.  They called to say they were thinking of having an OPERATION to control hyper-hydrosis (profuse SWEATing).  The condition was at times “DISGUSTing.”  Then the call was CUT OFF, and I could not make out the entire number on caller ID to call back.  I reached out to a mutual acquaintance, a TEACHER, who said that giving the number to me would meet with DISAPPROVAL.  The person never called me back either.

According to my sources, the words in bold mean the following:

Phone call = specific person you need to deal with…Operation = cutting something or someone out of your life.  Sweat = cleansing or anxiety.  Disgust = something unacknowledged or fear of confrontation.  Cut off = something or someone needs to be cut out, or you are taking steps to cut out, (again).  Incomplete (number) = gain independence. Teacher= disapproval.

Seems logical to me.  The person on the other end of the phone always shows up in dreams where the theme is PERSONAL POWER.  Lately, I am consciously taking steps to make my own voice heard in personal and professional circumstances to a degree I never have before.   When making these kinds of changes, of course it is going to produce a certain level of discomfort and anxiety until we get the hang of new beliefs and behaviors.  I am definitely speaking my mind, letting go of anger that doesn’t belong to me, and not participating in other people’s drama.  I am grateful for these dreams and embrace their meanings.  I am also grateful for the mysteries of God, which He reveals through so many delightful vehicles.  Life is but a dream….

Are you still there?

December 5, 2012

I’ve really missed being here.  It’s been June since I posted anything.  The garden blog ceased pretty abruptly due an unforeseen situation.  You know how some people accidentally get pregnant?  Well, at the end of July, we accidentally had a puppy.  His name is Rocky and we have fallen in love.  Our 7 year old shepherd mix wouldn’t call it love, but rather something to do, someone to chase and oh, well I guess he does add warmth to the bed at night.  Anyway, the garden did continue to produce but we felt a necessary shift in our priorities for a time.  There are so many things going round my head and about a dozen drafts started for various topics.  So if you’re still out there and want to weigh in, I’d love that.

 

Holistic Goal Setting

January 10, 2012

For many of us, a new year brings new resolutions and, while ambitious or admirable, they usually succumb to a lack of time, energy and other valuable resources.  Tim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, coauthors of The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, examine four main areas that when managed equally and effectively, bring more balance and productivity than the “marathon mentality”, which leaves most of us burned out and unfulfilled.  Establishing goals in each of these four areas can contribute to a life of balance.

These four areas and their subsequent values according to the authors listed above include: Physical or amount of energy, Emotional or quality of energy, Mental or focus of energy, and Spiritual or purpose of energy.  Physical goals may include the usual – decrease weight or cholesterol, manage stress, run a marathon, floss.  Emotional goals may include some kind of artistic or other self-expression like writing in a journal or taking up a musical instrument as well as investing in personal relationships (e.g. more time with friends or date night with one’s spouse).  Mental goals are those that improve the mind, for example, learning a new language, improving a skill, reading more, or staying on top of one’s professional industry, etc.  Spiritual goals may range from the obvious – going to church, meditation, reading scriptures from one’s personal spiritual practice – to contributing one’s resources to a greater good.

Setting goals that feed each of these areas creates more energy than it drains.  Priority determines capacity.  For more information on these concepts and to take a personal inventory, go to www.theenergyproject.com co-founded by Tony Schwartz.

Holistic Goal Setting

February 9, 2011

For many of us, a new year brings new resolutions and, while ambitious or admirable, they usually succumb to a lack of time, energy and other valuable resources.  Tim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, coauthors of The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, examine four main areas that when managed equally and effectively, bring more balance and productivity than the “marathon mentality”, which leaves most of us burned out and unfulfilled.  Establishing goals in each of these four areas can contribute to a life of balance.

These four areas and their subsequent values according to the authors listed above include: Physical or amount of energy, Emotional or quality of energy, Mental or focus of energy, and Spiritual or purpose of energy.  Physical goals may include the usual – decrease weight or cholesterol, manage stress, run a marathon, floss.  Emotional goals may include some kind of artistic or other self-expression like writing in a journal or taking up a musical instrument as well as investing in personal relationships (e.g. more time with friends or date night with one’s spouse).  Mental goals are those that improve the mind, for example, learning a new language, improving a skill, reading more, or staying on top of one’s professional industry, etc.  Spiritual goals may range from the obvious – going to church, meditation, reading scriptures from one’s personal spiritual practice – to contributing one’s resources to a greater good.

Setting goals that feed each of these areas creates more energy than it drains.  Priority determines capacity.  For more information on these concepts and to take a personal inventory, go to www.theenergyproject.com co-founded by Tony Schwartz.

Reflexology

January 17, 2011

Reflexology is a holistic science based on the premise that there are reflexes on the feet, hands, and even ears, which correspond to each organ and system of the body.  Each area or body system can be stimulated and/or relaxed using a type of compression massage using thumb, finger and hand techniques that act upon the central nervous system.  (There are approximately 7,200 nerve endings on the bottom of each foot).  By working specific areas, Reflexology promotes balance and normalization of the body, increases circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells supporting energy flow and stimulating the body’s nerve supply.  Reflexology promotes deeper relaxation, which has a positive effect on the body’s ability to create balance in spite of any kind of stress it may be experiencing.  Reflexologists are natural health practitioners, not medical doctors, and are not able to prescribe or diagnose, but are able to assist the body in accessing its own natural ability to heal.  Reflexology is an excellent compliment to other medical treatment.

Reflexology works on the following body systems and conditions:

  • Central nervous system including brain and spinal cord as well as vertebrae.  Acts directly on the nervous system and nervous conditions caused by stress or illness.
  • Endocrine system including all glands and reproductive organs.  Balances hormones, stimulates under active glands and relaxes over active glands.  Examples may include hypo- or hyperthyroidism, adrenal exhaustion, menstrual difficulties, enlargement of the prostate, maintenance of general reproductive health.
  • Joints and muscles where one may experience tightness, chronic tension or arthritic conditions.  Stimulates the nervous system to enhance healing needed from trauma or injury from sports or accidents.
  • Cardio-respiratory system includes heart, lungs, diaphragm, and sinuses.  Alleviates allergy symptoms, assists recovery from cardiac events and supports lungs for optimal respiration.
  • Digestive system includes all major organs of the alimentary canal as well as accessory organs including liver, gallbladder, and pancreas to support proper healthy digestion, assimilation, and elimination.
  • Urinary system includes kidneys, bladder and ureter.  Alleviates symptoms of chronic bladder or kidney infections, etc.
  • Lymphatic system includes lymph nodes and vessels.  Allows efficient movement of lymphatic fluid to aid the body in more effectively eliminating waste and toxins.

A typical Reflexology session may last from 30 minutes to one hour and includes general treatment to each body system on the feet and/or hands and ears.  Reflexology is an excellent addition to massage or bodywork. Reflexology does not require the removal of clothing with the exception of socks, shoes and jewelry.

A “mini” session includes simply a general overview of each body system on the feet while a “full” session includes additional treatment on trouble areas and may include work on hands and/or ears as well as the use of essential oils for enhanced healing.

For acute symptoms, like sinuses or bronchial congestion, for example, one may experience improvements in symptoms with only a few sessions and improvement can be seen in only one session though results vary from person to person.  For chronic conditions, more sessions may be needed.  See your natural health practitioner for more details.

Happy New Year

January 2, 2011

Upon looking out at the horizon that is 2011, I am so excited to be returning to blogging activity.  Took a necessary hiatus, but will return in the new year with so much to share.  May 2011 bring you all balance, peace, health, happiness, joy, and abundance in all good things.  I leave you with my favorite blessing:

“The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and grant you peace…” (Num 6:24)

Happy New Year