Life is the living art of balance. Balance is a beautiful concept, rooted in the exquisite imagery of Yin and Yang. For most of us, the attempt at balance is more like a circus act of hither and thither, with multiple moving parts flying about our worlds in an unpredictable and mysterious way. As we all strive for our perfectly expressed version of “just the right amount,” it’s important to remember a few essential things to the practice of balance.
Last time I went to the airport, I saw a small boy with his hands and cheeks up against a large glass window. He watched the planes take off over and over again with a look of awe smudged across his face. His reflection held a sense of luminous possibility, as if he realized he could fly too. I stood there, tired and anxious to get to on my flight, witnessing something magical.
France is my happy place. I don’t know if I can even describe it, but France just has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes me feel at home.
Quick—which one fruit most reminds you of summer?
Did you say watermelon? If you didn’t say watermelon, I suspect the beautiful photo gave it away. Anyway, if you did say watermelon, you’re not alone; I conducted an informal poll at a recent get-together, and every single person I asked (all 8 of them) said watermelon too.
We are always looking to find the magic bullet—the thing that will fix everything for all time. What would be the fun in that? Where is the mastery and challenge in life when we just want to do something once and be done with it? We are always wanting to check things off the list. It’s part of being human. So how do we drop into commitments, and doing something better for ourselves? We must commit, but then recommit by making our new habits bulletproof.
Today, more and more women are taking prenatal yoga classes for various reasons. Some start due to their doctors’ advice or hearing about it from a friend or loved one. Others are veteran yoginis continuing their practice and some simply want to stay fit while connecting with baby.
We are a proud people of the mentality “gotta’ do more, gotta’ be more,” where it’s common practice to boast about the busyness of it all and go, go, go until life is gone, gone, gone. I get tired just thinking of the running around that is inherent to the life culture of the masses. What we forget is that our ability to exert ourselves is proportionate to our ability to rest and rejuvenate. To that end, we must create as much time and space in our daily life to rest and restore. These days, all doctors’ orders should be something in this realm. Here are some ways to encourage restoration in your daily life.
Besides practicing poses and breathing, yogis also need to nourish their bodies. Since there’s been so much talk lately about clean eating, I decided to talk to an expert about all that it entails. Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN, the spokesperson for the California Dietetic Association, agreed to answer my questions.
What exactly is clean eating?
Honey truly does contain multitudes. Each pound incorporates the pollen of two million flowers. As bees buzz through their days, they collect the sweet flavors of their habitats, spinning pollen into liquid gold. This ingredient has deep roots in our human history—people have cultivated, worshipped, and delighted in honey since the earliest civilizations.
What’s the Buzz?
Have you ever had a project that you just can’t seem to start? As a deadline approached, did you distract yourself under a growing mountain of fear?
I am a master procrastinator, too. Why do we distract ourselves when it makes our work less enjoyable and more difficult?
Self-Criticism and Procrastination