Balance that creates well-being with Lauren McLaughlin.
When you hear people expound on the benefits of living a balanced life, do you ever wonder what that means exactly?
Well, according to psychologist Abraham Maslow, who taught us about the hierarchy of needs of all human beings, it means being consciously aware of our basic task needs, such as food, water, shelter, and whatever it takes to heal our wounds. It also means tending to our relationships in the realms of family and community. And, it means being aware of our innate desire to grow in all areas of our lives. But beyond even those tangible requirements, it also means nurturing our overall sense of well being and joy so that our life experiences get better and better.
No wonder life seems exhausting sometimes; that’s a lot to tend to all day every day, which then poses the question, “Why balance?”
There are some serious benefits to choosing to live a more balanced life that you might want to consider at the start of this brand new year. It takes work, of course, to make it happen successfully, but the payoff might just be worth it.
For example, when your security requirements, your social life and your growth opportunities are in balance, your day by day experiences lean more toward creating the kind of life you choose rather than one you simply settle for. You will find your ability to manage the things you do better in many ways, some of which are these:
Focus – You will become adept at fine tuning your ability to focus in on each essential area of need long enough to bring it into its own balance before moving on to balancing the next area, and the next, etc.
Order – By keeping in touch regularly with each of the facets that make up a balanced life, you will automatically create a new sense of order. You’ll seek tools to help you check in on your activities regularly so that no important areas are neglected and you’ll devise little emotional tests to see how you are feeling in each essential realm – balanced or unbalanced.
Control – As you become adept at spot checking to determine what needs attention at any given moment, you make simple corrections as they are needed and you are thrilled by your renewed sense of control. Your days unfold more often by your design than by happenstance and you will relax and have more fun every day.
Choice – Because living a balanced life takes time and considerable effort, you automatically will begin to simplify your choices, eliminating clutter of all kinds, especially physical and emotional clutter. If you don’t need something, or use it or love it, be it a possession, or a person who robs you of your valuable time, or an activity that has lost its meaning; you will let it go without any regret.
Gratitude – As each one of the important areas of your life falls into greater balance, you will notice you have an increased sense of gratitude for things large and small. Little miracles that help to sweep away the clutter and distractions will delight you and the people who appear in your life to help you will be very apparent to you. A healthy sense of gratitude increases your prosperity, improves your health, harmonizes your relationships and deepens your Spirituality so the time you spend in gratitude pays huge dividends.
Growth - A balanced life has the side benefit of allowing for a greater understanding of what makes your life function in the best ways for you. Your understanding of your most basic needs shines the spotlight on the things that are most important to you and you can spend more of your time in building to greater depths in those specific areas.
Expansion – Perhaps most importantly, when your life is in balance, and you are content with the unfolding of each new day, you will begin to dream of bigger things to do; new horizons to explore, new talents to expand, new teachers to move you forward.
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” ― Abraham Maslow
Life is always in motion and anything in motion must make constant course corrections to get where it’s going in the safest, most expedient way. Greater balance provides for a smoother ride. Staying in balance assures that you’ll actually enjoy that ride.
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