Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
As people who work with energy healing, we often state our goal is to find mind/body/spirit balance. What does that mean, exactly? How difficult is it to find that balance? Or, if found, can a person maintain that balance for months, or even years?
It is often easier to define balance in negative terms, as most people can quickly identify when they are out of balance. They know when they put their physical health on the back burner, as job or other time commitments make it difficult to exercise and cook nutritious foods. For others, spiritual development is something they plan to pursue when the children are grown, or during retirement years. Finding mind/body/spirit balance is certainly related to the time and efforts given to certain aspects of our lives, but true balance is greater than that.
True balance refers to a wholistic perspective of who we are, as loving beings. It is defining ourselves as more than a physical body, with physical needs. It is the recognition that to become a fully-realized person, all aspects must be recognized, and attended to, throughout our entire lives.
That sounds exhausting! But, actually it is not. The more we give energy to each aspect of ourselves on a regular basis, the easier it becomes. What is much more difficult is to ignore, or pay little attention, to a part of ourselves – and then, have to “play catch up” to try to find a balance in our lives again. In the meantime, we may have actually caused harm and need to heal that part of ourselves, before moving forward. That is what’s exhausting!
There are three steps in finding balance: awareness, intention and action. We have to stop, take a good, honest look at our lives and evaluate the main areas of our lives. We need to ask ourselves where we spend too much energy, and where we spend too little. If this is difficult for you, ask your intuition for assistance – and listen.
Setting the intention to find wholistic balance should be stated in positive, and specific, phrases, such as “I will make only positive statements about myself;” “I will walk outdoors for 30 minutes, 5 times a week;” “I will meditate daily.” If you make a general intention, such as “I want to be healthier;” you will most likely not make any changes.
Then, action is simply doing what your intention stated. If a day or week goes by, when you did not follow through, do not give up. Be kind to yourself. Simply start over again.
Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)