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pp. 24 - 32
This week we continue our exploration of the Yama, Ahimsa. Last week we read about how nonviolence requires us to have courage to distinguish between fear and the unfamiliar. This week the author is asking us to examine our lives for balance. Notice she does not define for us what balance means and lets us decide that for ourselves. However, she does ask us to NOTICE where we are out of balance and listen to our body's own wisdom when it talks to us. Just noticing that your body does in fact send you signals is a win. We are still dealing with the ways in which we think and treat ourselves in this week. Kindness to others begins with being kind to ourselves. Deciding, on purpose, what balance is just right for us in the moment and working towards it sets the stage for nonviolence.
"This week guard your balance as you would your most precious resource. Don't find your balance from a place in your head of what it should look like. Instead, find guidance from the messages of your body. In this moment do you need more sleep? More exercise? Do you need to eat differently? Do you need to pray? Do you need some variety in your life? Act on the messages of your body and explore what balance looks like for you this week. Notice the effects on your life and on others. "
(Taken straight from book p. 40-41)
Enjoy taking some time through the week to journal about what your body is telling you in the moment. Maybe several short entries would work well with this prompt? Did you act on any of these messages? What difference, if any did it make? How does it feel to TRUST yourself? What surprised you most? How do you physically feel when a part of your life feels "balanced?" Please share in the comments below any insights you have during your exploration this week.