Most soul searching is sparked when things go wrong. It often takes a dark patch to inspire the pathfinder in us. The ability to find strength and opportunity to grow in the midst of hardship shows fortitude and spirited character. We can find ourselves feeling lost and confused in any kind of situation. It’s about perspective. It doesn’t always takes true dire straights to feel truly out of balance.
Not everyone has the means to fly to Italy and India to eat their way to the pleasure of nourishment and pray their way to inner peace. Some of us have to find balance within the context of our comfort zones, no time to take a step out and make changes. We have families and homes that need our attention and time.
The truth is, we hold all the tools we need to change our path right where we stand. The way I feel at the end of a good yoga class is often the same way I feel at the end of a great vacation.
I’m learning to find balance and add peace to more moments in my current existence. I’m weaving peace into the chaos of daily life. Eventually there will be so much peace that the chaos will no longer have as much power. This is my choice. I have to make that choice in each moment.
I’m a mom of young daughters and most of my time is taken up serving the needs of others. There is nothing else I’d rather be doing at this point in my life, but that being said, this is no easy task. My own needs often go unmet and although I happily give myself to my family, even the most giving mother will struggle with this from time to time. I’m finding myself being pulled toward wanting to take an inner journey at this stage in my life, but I just don’t have the time to devote to focus on myself. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the time to focus on myself that I feel this pull, but I feel it nonetheless. So, it’s my onus to balance this life that needs my full attention with my own need to go inside and do some searching.
Even if the scale tips heavy toward my family responsibilities in this moment, my perspective needs to remain unobstructed. There is no need for a self indulgent journey around the world for inner peace when I can gently pull at the threads of peace and work them into my life right now as best I can. I will find them, weave them in and watch them become more and more prevalent.
When the time is right the threads will become thicker and more abundant, but there will be plenty of time for that later and I can wait. The truth is that what seemed to be a dark patch is actually a shining light of hope and abundance. Change your perspective, change your life.