This post is my attempt at creating balance and harmony in the way I live. Some people refer to the state of creating balance as “a balancing act,” I myself have used this term but I don’t like it as it is far from an act for me. I don’t really think that “acting” gets us anywhere useful in our personal lives unless if keeping up appearances and pretense for the world is important. For me, the challenge is much more about remaining authentic while creating harmony out of the chaos of life. That feeling of being overstretched can be paralyzing. I imagine that many people feel like this at times, me included.
Reflecting on the last year.
I share this post with the desire to remain as transparent as possible. As you know one of my personal tasks last year was to create a way of life that is sustainable, which includes my body. To be more specific: my way of eating and my exercise routines, as well as sleep, drinking more water, relaxation and other self-care habits; the list goes on and on. Eventually working on all these new habits can feel like they are making one a little bit crazy. For that reason I focused on my habit of eating and preparing healthy homemade food last year. I lost 15 kg and it improved my health immensely. I also embarked on a rehabilitative exercise routine as my injury (ankle) was keeping me from exercising properly. I am happy to say that I have been able to step up my strength building exercises this year and now do hill walking as well at least twice a week.
Another routine I developed last year was blogging regularly. As we all know life doesn’t revolve only around food, exercise and blogging. To keep up with the maintenance of life, as well as a social life in the pandemic era, sharpen one’s sword through courses and personal development as well as live out one’s calling is quite a challenge. Well it is for me anyway.
What’s new in my life?
My apologies for not keeping up with “reading and commenting” of your posts recently; I have joined a 9 week course that will impact my personal growth deeply. It is called the Art of Individuation and is a journey that includes art (music, dance, poetry, film making, photography etc.) and psychology, specifically Jungian psychology. It is in my nature to throw my body, mind and soul into whatever I do. I have debated with myself as to how I will blog in the next two months while I am working with this material as I know I will possibly be a bit preoccupied. It really is about the question of keeping balance and harmony. I thought of going AWOL or pleading leave of absence but that doesn’t sit well with me. I also considered sharing parts of the process with you – maybe some of the things I have learnt or have found meaningful. As it is such a deeply personal process I would not necessarily want to explain the details. So I imagine writing posts could be quite a stretch for me but worth the challenge. I am not exactly sure what that would entail for me. In the end I hope to have some kind of exhibition. It might appear to be a little self-focused and narcissistic but that is not my intention; rather to remain transparent.
As I don’t have a crystal ball or pre-printed plan of my life I try to follow the flow of life and so I will be as interested to see what I share in future posts as you might be. Maybe it will be more of the same as it is still I who writes or it might be different content. When the course is finished I plan to resume sharing my stories of my travels, my reflections of life and art. For now my invitation to you is to continue on this journey of musings with me as I do so appreciate being able to put my thoughts into words and sharing them with you. Thank you for your support.
Here is to surprises.