I listen to a lot of podcasts. I listen to comedy, horror, fiction, business, and personal podcasts and even ones that would fit in more than once category. Lately I have been a frequent listener of "The Pat Flynn Show" where you learn to be a Generalist. The one I listened to today was an interview with Dan John. Now that man is a generalist. He mentions this on his blog if you want to look it up but he also mentioned in this episode how he maintains balance in his life. He balances work, rest, playing, and praying. That is one thing I am struggling with, balance. I realized I am certainly not incorporating all of those things into my life. What I loved most about this was it wasn't just someone telling me to find balance in my life. It is actually a way to balance my life. It's the method with which to do so.
Let me first say that "pray" is not something I do. But I do meditate. I do practice self Reiki. "Pray" is whatever you do to to connect with your spirit. However you choose to connect with your soul. At least as far as I see it. . . Some people enjoy a lovely session on a kayak. Or a warm bath (or hot tub if you can be so lucky). I feel like all of that counts as pray as long as you are taking a quiet moment to connect with the moment. I like to meditate, but I have not done so in a long time. That part of my life is out of balance.
I don't rest much either. I wake up tired from trying to stay up later just so my partner and I have time to be together.
We play. Sort of. We have had concerts and trips we have planned but they have almost turned into work with our life so out of balance.
And without those three things, work is torturous. Not only do I feel like I am only working. . . but I struggle to work. I'm distracted. I'm disorganized. I'm most certainly not effective so not only is it harder, IT TAKES LONGER. . . leaving me with less time to do the other things. The things that make life worth living.
So I hereby declare this needs to end. I know I'm not the only one. We all need to start taking better care of ourselves. Which actually leads nicely into the other thing that I've wanted to blog about, but my meditation practice is calling. Don't want to work too much, right?
Here is Dan John's original blog post regarding this if you're interesting. He's a very interesting guy! www.t-nation.com/training/work-rest-play-pray-explained