To feel whole, we must love and respect all parts of ourselves, and part of this is finding the balance between doing and being.
When we are doing we are mostly using our mind – our intellect, the left side of our brain – the rational, thinking part.
This left side of the brain with its thought processes and rationality is important. It is sort of a task manager. It organizes. Gets things done.
This article/blog post is from my book “Your Journey to Peace … “
Our mind / intellect was intended to be a tool that serves the right side of the brain – where creativity and inspiration come from. To follow through on the ideas that come from the right-brain. However, it has taken front stage. Become more important. Society supports this left-brain way of going about life. Of doing.
We usually have no awareness that our doing is coming from our mind. Often, we simply get trapped in business.
Business lures us away from being in the moment. The subtlety of joy cannot be felt. Inspiration doesn’t get through.
- When we stay focused on the task at hand – get lost in it – whether a work project or an artistic endeavor we are in our heart-space.
- When we allow ourselves to become scattered and rush around in the business of what we are doing we often get caught up in any chaos that develops. Our emotions may run amuck. We feel like we are running on empty. These are clues that our mind has taken over.
Being in the moment requires us to be in our heart-space. This is the seat of our soul. Where we get our guidance. Where our inspiration comes from. Being in our heart-space allows us to feel joy.
We can be doing while being, but the doing must be done with reverence. Concentrating on the task at hand. Reveling in it. Finding joy in it. This is how we bring reverence into our every-day lives. For example, playing with the soap bubbles when washing the dishes brings a sense of childlike joy to the job. We are in our heart-space.
When we do not bring full focus or reverence to our tasks, we are more likely to fall into left-brain mind traps. Mind chatter. Loss of concentration. Scattered unfocussed thoughts. We lose the connection to our heart-space.
Our mind / intellect is supposed to be a tool that follows through on what our inner guidance inspires us to do. However, for most of us our mind / intellect has been running the show ̶ with the right brain and its creative impulses at the beck and call of the mind.
Gaining control over our emotional landscape will help our mind chatter and unfocused thoughts lessen, allowing creativity and what we were meant to bring about in this life to flow through us.
When we experience a temporary imbalance in our lifestyle, find ourselves worn out and scattered, or lose our ability to feel joy, we should examine what is driving us.
- Are we so mindlessly involved in the tasks of everyday life that we have no time to appreciate what we have?
- Completely focused on doing, acquiring, getting ahead, or being successful?
- Could we be fueled by Unconscious Influences* that drive us?
Are we are always doing – with no time for just being or enjoying the fruits of our successes?
Finding Balance While Growing, Shifting, and Changing
Personal growth causes us to shift and change We start to connect to our True Self. We develop towards becoming our Best Self. While welcoming these necessary changes, we must be cognizant of maintaining balance in our life.
As our life changes, we may take on a new and different endeavor that would require more energetic output. Or, we may become way less busy and not know what to do with ourselves.
Either of these scenarios can cause us to feel off-balance. This is usually temporary. Returning to a state of equilibrium is healthy – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. And it is required to becoming our Best Self.
The optimal point of balance will be different for everyone. Some people go through personal growth and its change effortlessly, others find it difficult and may become unbalanced. Some people will always work hard as it energizes them; others need regular relaxation time to stay energized.
Finding Balance While Being Open
While opening ourselves up to others and being accepting of them and their attitudes is part of personal growth and understanding, we must ensure that our own energetic bodies are not adversely affected by other peoples’ energetic outputs.
As we evolve and raise our vibrations we are also sensitized energetically. Being around people with negative attitudes or different energetic levels than ours can drain or stress us, and we may begin to feel fatigued, agitated, or energetically flattened.
We are all somewhat misaligned from Source and our True Self. Those of us working on personal growth are addressing this. Many are not. And that is ok.
We are all becoming more conscious at our own pace and on our own timeline. Part of being evolved is understanding this. As is not judging others for where they are on their journey. Still, we have to protect our progress.
As we work through the layers of our emotional world and address any misalignments we may have held, the manifestations of others’ misalignments may actually bother us more than before – just like a smoker who has quit is more sensitive to being around smokers.
So, in our desire to help others we must ensure we do not lose ourselves in their dramas or allow their negative energy to affect us.
Taking the time to investigate the real reason for imbalances in our life can help us avert continuing in a direction that will completely deflate us and ultimately not serve our best interests.
We must remember to:
- Take time to just be – in the nothingness.
- Being present in whatever we are doing.
- Staying in our heart-space. Keeping an open heart.
- Engage in activities that bring us joy.
- Keep up the practices we chose to help us along this journey to peace.
We must be cognizant of:
- The openness necessary for personal growth may invite people into our sphere who drain us energetically.
- And as we open our heart-space intense passions may arise that cause us to lose our equilibrium.
- We must be mindful of keeping our energetic balance.
Society still endorses the mind over the heart – that the right brain and its creativity should be at the beck and call of the mind.
This is changing, but there is much resistance to the heart-space being important as it not yet widely recognized that there is more power and knowledge when we tap into our hearts than in our minds.
The energy that creates universes is held within our hearts. And we tap into this more easily the more we practice just being.
*Unconscious Influences: Thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and ideas based on past emotional impressions that we unconsciously constructed or appropriated from others. or from past situations. These may have come from our familial, generational, cultural, and/or social backgrounds. These misperceptions are held within our Emotional Bodies and create misperceptions about current situations. They cause us to react inappropriately to situations from neediness, past hurts, or unmet expectations.
~ Rosemary McCarthy© July 12, 2018
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