Why did I decide to blog about balance?
My days are spent working as a therapist for children with special needs, and I’m always looking for new ways to connect, to teach, to expand their worlds. I’ve found a lot of amazing books, created for kids, to teach various skills – The Angry Octopus, to teach progressive relaxation; Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda, to teach mindfulness; and Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, to teach the benefits of kindness and caring.
One of the books I’ve fallen in love with is The Seven Habits of Happy Kids, by Sean Covey. In particular, the seventh story, entitled Sleepy Sophie, is a favorite. Sophie, a squirrel who loves to read, learns that she needs balance in order to feel happy and healthy; more specifically, she needs to take care of her WHOLE self – heart, soul, mind, and body. Sophie cares for her body through exercise, her heart through spending time with friends and family, her soul by enjoying some quiet time to reflect and be still, and her mind by engaging, learning, and reading.
Often, when I am introducing a story or a concept to the kids I work with, I realize that I should be taking my own advice. And so, I am trying to do it! My quest is to achieve more balance in my life – to give equal attention to my body, my mind, my heart, and my soul. I struggle with this, as I’m sure many do, either neglecting one or more areas or becoming hyper-focused on one area for weeks at a time. And I don’t have any tricks up my sleeve, ways to achieve balance easily. What I’m hoping is that simply by paying attention to the need for balance, the flow of my life will shift so that I am living in a more balanced and whole way.