creating a balanced lifestyle.

by Janetha on February 7, 2013

in guest posts,tips

hey! i am on the beach. while i am gone, i have a series of guest posts lined up from many of my fabulous blogging friends. enjoy!

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Hi, I am Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini. I am a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California.  I have a degree in Behavioral Psychology and teach yoga classes and life affirming workshops.  I also write for Beachbody, which provides effective and popular workout videos.

Today I am going to talk to you about creating a balanced lifestyle.

Creating a Balanced Lifestyle



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Have you ever met someone who’s brilliant to the point of sexy, yet severely lacking in the personal grooming department? Or maybe you’ve encountered someone with an irresistibly gorgeous physique, but as soon as they open their mouth, they’re as shallow as beer can backwash. Then there are those rare individuals who are so soulful that they’re no earthly good…they emanate a pure positive aura but live in their car because they spend 10 of their waking hours meditating. For most humans, one of these three things – intellect, body, or soul – comes naturally. But what about the other two? How do you balance them?

The first thing we need to identify is what comes most naturally for you. Personally, have no problem feeding the physical. I exercise 5 days a week, eat healthy and groom impeccably. So in order for me to be a balanced individual, I need to focus my attention each day on the intellect and the soul. To find out what comes most easily for you, spend the next few days documenting your activities. Figure out what you tend to feed the most and what may need a bit more attention.

Once you have determined what you need to work on, here are ways you can feed the Body, Mind and Soul each day:

Body

When you feed the body, you pay attention to your outer exterior-skin, hair, teeth, eyes, etc…as well as the interior- organs, muscles, bones, joints, etc. Find things that keep your body physically healthy. Exercise, grooming and eating healthy all fall under this category. Some days you’ll do 10 things for the body and others maybe just 2. You want to make sure that if you have 10 ways that you fed your body today, you also have 10 ways you fed the mind and 10 ways you fed the soul.

Mind

Research regarding the brain suggests that if you don’t use it you will lose it (1). It’s called “Brain Plasticity” and it involves stimulating your mind in a way that will wake up areas of the brain that were otherwise asleep. Make sure you’re continually learning new things. It can be as easy as reading, crossword puzzles, going to workshops and chess or as complex as going back to school and getting a degree in a new subject.

Soul

Without soul, we have no hope for meaningful life. Anything that inspires you can count as feeding your soul. Sometimes it’s just quieting the mind through meditation that can serve as soul food. Drumming, listening to music, spending time in nature, writing down your dreams are all activities that feed the soul. You can also spend time journaling, which helps identify an undercurrent of meaning and purpose that exist within your days. Feeding our soul makes life a richer more fulfilling experience.

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Bringing it all together

In order to make sure you’re maintaining balance, create a chart and check off activities that fulfill each of these categories. (As a bonus, make this chart counts as a “Mind” activity!)

My chart looks a lot like this:

Body

Mind

Soul

Oatmeal and green tea for breakfast

Chess game

Dream Journal

Hot Shower

Ted Talk YouTube Video

Meditate

5 mile walk

20 minutes of reading

Lunch with Best Friend

Reflexology Massage

Play a game of scrabble with friends

10 thousand steps in Nature

You will find that as you start to balance yourself out you will also start to attract more balanced individuals into your life. It makes like a lot easier when your body, mind and soul are all getting along nicely. Becoming a well-rounded, balanced individual can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Try it out today; you will be pleasantly surprised how fulfilling life can be.

Thanks for reading!

Qs~

How do you maintain balance in your life?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany February 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I love this post so so much!!! Thank you!!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Thank you for sharing – I absolutely LOVE this!! I too really need to focus on balancing out with my mind and soul. What a great reminder to live a balanced life!

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Neil February 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Out-FRICKIN-standing post. Just Amazing. Thank you for it. I would love to attend a seminar taught by you on this.

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Julie February 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

This is great. I love the chart and I’ve heard about the Tini Yogini! Do you teach in Huntington Beach?

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Julia February 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I love this! This needs to be taught in schools. Seriously, why isn’t it?

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Ellen M. Gregg February 8, 2013 at 5:53 am

Lovely post. It’s so important to strike that balance. I agree with Julia: it needs to be taught in school – from kindergarten or first grade. Imagine… Thank you for sharing.

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Linz @ Itz Linz February 8, 2013 at 5:53 am

love that elephant pic!! i keep my life balanced by always setting aside time for ME!

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kendra February 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

Thank you for giving a clear and grounded approach to balanced living.

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Cat February 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love ted talks! They always make me think about so many things! Sometimes they even make me cry. Either way they are quite stimulating. Thanks for the post :)

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Nicole C February 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

I agree with everyone, this is just the right recipe for today. Mind, body, soul is an over thought equation in my life or should I say, not balanced. With all the thoughts in my mind this morning, this really helped to align them and bring me back to one point. Thank you!

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Liane February 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

WOW this is great!

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Yana February 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thank you so much for this post! Exactly what I needed at the beginning of what looks to be a very stressful day. My soul will need extra nourishing today, but as long as I am aware of the fact, I think I am going to be alright.

I agree that this concept needs to be fostered in people from the early age. World would be a better place.

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Annette@FitnessPerks February 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This is really fantastic! Love it. thanks for sharing :)

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Michelle February 10, 2013 at 12:48 am

This is such useful information. I am so making myself a chart to help keep me focused on creating balance in my life. I think we all know that we should be striving for balance but actually doing it is quite a different story. This gives me a plan to follow and I’m totally excited. Thank You!!!

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