Itâ€™s the first Monday of 2013 here at Annabel Fitzsimmons Whole Living, and the first post of the year. Happy 2013 to you! Talk of resolutions abound, but Iâ€™m taking a new approach to the new year. Iâ€™m using January as a time to reflect, and build a foundation for the year ahead.
The theme for this weekâ€™s Monday meditation is balance. The word balance brings up a wide variety of reactions from people. Some people view it as an unattainable goal, an over-used buzzword, or a concept that places undue pressure on us in an already pressure-filled world.
But this week, Iâ€™m going to challenge you to throw your idea of balance out the window, and think about it through fresh eyes. Balance could be as simple as the physical ability to balance our bodies upright down the icy sidewalks of this snowy winter. It could mean eating a balanced meal that fills our bellies and gives us energy. Balance could mean standing on one foot in tree pose or staying upright on a spin bike as you get your cardio on.
This week, as you take some time to reflect, I ask you to meditate on the many different aspects of the word balance, and the many possibilities the word holds. Try to let go of preconceived ideas about the meaning of balance (somebody elseâ€™s idea of balance is not going to be the same as yours) and explore what kind of balance youâ€™d like to see in your life for the year ahead.
2013 lies before us, full of potential and promise. May our meditation on balance this week allow us to move into the year full of positivity and optimism.
If youâ€™d like a little daily inspiration on the theme of balance, please follow along the 21 Days to Balance initiative Iâ€™m involved in this month. Youâ€™ll get fast and friendly nutrition, exercise, yoga and meditation tips from nutrition expert Lianne Phillipson Webb, fitness expert Samantha Montpetit-Huynh and me.