Balance

A few weeks ago, I woke up to the sun coming over the mountains.

I did sun salutations with a small family of elk.

I didn’t need an alarm. 

I was removed from email and notifications.

My thoughts didn’t race from task to task, but were calm and relaxed.

It was an odd utopia that didn’t last as long as I wished.

When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

- Lao Tzu

As I enter my third year of working in academy, I am going to try to hold on to that feeling.

Try to let my mind go blank, even for a moment. 

In today’s ever increasing world of “access”, it’s important to find the balance to relax, to separate work from life. 

For without it, we’ll continue to drain ourselves with increased deadlines, expectations, and “work”. All the while, forgetting to take a moment to enjoy the journey.

For this semester, I am setting an intention to continue to hold on to this balance. 

I am saying “no” to anything new until at least half of what I have currently is finished.

I am scheduling my writing, as I do my teaching. No exceptions. No, we’ll I guess I can meet during that time. It is sacred.

I am going to the gym in the morning on my way to work. 

I am taking time to spend with my loved ones. Quality time

... and... 

I am going to take moment, every now and then, to sit and do nothing.

I’ll write more about these later and we’ll see where I am in December, but for now, I’m going to go do nothing.