Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Balance - How are your rooms?

There is an Indian belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete."
-- Rumer Godden, English novelist

It's not a new idea that we need balance to be complete. But how many people actually achieve it?

Some people live so much in their bodies - they're running around, eating right and getting plenty of exercise. Nothing wrong with that! Unless they're exercising compulsively and maybe not nourishing the rest of their needs.

Or how about the people who live in their heads? They're always thinking, doodling, plotting and planning. (I'm one of those people.) And it can be so tempting to do just one more thing, write one more paragraph, think something else, and forgo exercise or spiritual practice.

Other people are intensely involved in their emotional life, measuring how they feel internally about everything that comes up. That can be a great way of checking in with their Unconscious Mind, as that's where the emotions live, but some people hop from one emotional state to another without any balance or peace of mind.

And then there are spiritual people who would prefer to meditate or pray to the exclusion of everything else.

I really like that idea of just airing the room - making sure that you're doing at least one small thing in each of those areas. Because it's true - when you take care of your body, stimulate your mind, honour your emotions and feed your spiritual side, life just flows. It's easy. Effortless. Fun. Happy.

So here are a handful of suggestions for each of those areas, click here for the rest of this story!

Topic and content compliments of Jennifer Clare , author, Thought Matters. Subscribe to her newsletter at: http://www.thoughtmatters.com.au

1 comment:

freebigb said...

That's a good concept and something I have to attend more time towards. I seem to be stuck more in the mental to the exclusion of others.

The ability to handle stress would be much easier if we could just let life "flow". Easier said than done sometimes. I guess I'll have to chip away at it everyday, until it becomes habit. :)