Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

January/February 2017 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

Staying Balanced in an Unbalanced World

This article was written on January 01, 2002 posted under Self-Help

When change happens harshly and abruptly, life can quickly feel imbalanced. In an instant, financial security can erode, a job can be lost, a family can go through upheaval, and healthy habits can be strained. All of these things recently happened to me as a result of the September 11 terrorists attacks, even though I live thousands of miles away, on the other side of the country!

Personal Impact of September 11
With the ensuing recession, I lost a full-time job. I had just collaborated with my mother (who only weeks earlier had sold her own house) to help her buy a house down the street from me. Facing the spectre of unemployment, my recent financial commitment with her seemed jeopardized. The fear of the unknown put a strain on my close relationships. The search for work and the disruption of my daily routine gathered strength to erode my sense of confidence and well-being.

It is times like these when we truly need daily habits and practices to sustain our health and wellness. Ironically, during my own time of personal upheaval and change, it was the release of my new book, Ayurvedic Balancing, which has helped me focus on the abundance I may always create, rather than getting side-tracked by the deprivation I can feel with life’s ups and downs.

Often unaware of what change means in our lives, we meander unconsciously from incident to incident, trying to make sense of our circumstances. Searching for my own identity, I graduated from the University of Texas and earned a Master’s degree in Modern Social History from Lancaster University in England. Continuing to meander, I moved to San Francisco to find meaningful work, and ended up applying my passion for health to an eighteen-year career working in health clubs. As a general manager, sales director, personal trainer, and competitive athlete (I was on the first ESPN broadcast of an amateur body-building competition!), I not only witnessed my own struggle for health and balance, but saw hundreds of people search for a better way to manage weight, reduce stress, and create a sense of well-being.

More Unexpected Changes
I grounded my own search for well-being in my fitness routine and career, but in a bizarre accident during a business meeting at a restaurant, I injured my neck and was forced to give up bodybuilding and managing health clubs. It was, once again, a painful time with abrupt and harsh changes, and my world was turned upside down as I searched for stability and meaning.

I turned to Yoga, Ayurveda, and other Eastern wellness practices as a way to repair my health and regain my balance. As I slowly began to realize that my search for health needed to include fitness at all levels of my being, I began to see that feeling well is an active pursuit, built on small steps and fundamental principles.

But I was not always so eager to embrace Eastern wellness. Like many of the participants of my subsequent workshops on Ayurvedic Balancing, I too felt that some of the more esoteric aspects of Yoga and Ayurveda were just too weird, culturally different, or impractical for a modern lifestyle. And yet, the ideas persisted, because the fundamental principles of Yoga and Ayurveda are principles which, given time and personal inquiry, make sense in our modern, hectic world of unexpected change.

The simple act of sitting quietly in meditation has, with daily practice, given me a way to still my thoughts and acknowledge my fears and hopes. Regular performance of Yoga postures has given me greater flexibility of both body and mind, as I learn to move with focused effort rather than willful struggle. Ayurvedic nutrition has helped me lay to rest the hungry ghosts of anorexia and deprivation dieting, remnants of a youthful self-image fraught with low self-esteem and isolation. And introducing the notion of creating abundance (rather than willfully controlling my fears) has helped me integrate my years of self-help inquiry, allowing me to transition from a “no pain, no gain” approach to a steady, accumulative process of conscious, balanced change.

What changes are you going through? Where is your sense of balance and well-being anchored? Through Ayurvedic Balancing, you may come to know that the inevitable invitation to change, whether anticipated or disruptive, can be a productive, transformative process to personal well-being and balance. Take some time to understand yourself, and use your changes well.


RELATED PRODUCTS

The Pure Heart of Yoga
The Pure Heart of Yoga
Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation
Robert Butera
$21.95 US,  $25.50 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

Tarot Experience is the second in an innovative and wonderful series. The first was Tarot Fundamentals and the final volume will be Tarot Compendium. This book, like its predecessor, is a whopping 640 large, full color pages, each one with a creative interior layout. The presentation of the juicy content is beautifully executed due largely to the... read this article
The Top Five Country Superstars Who Soared Up The Supernatural Charts
How Money Flows at the Sacral and Heart Chakras
The Rose Phoenix
10 Things You Might Not Know About The Exorcist
Magical Tree Oracle: What Do the Trees Have to Tell You?

Most recent posts:
The Art of Shadowscapes
Art of Shadowscapes Tarot So many people absolutely love Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot. One of the only complaints we...

Chakra Insight Oracle is One of Ezvid Wiki's 2017 Best Chakra Cards!
The Chakra Insight Oracle is one of Ezvid Wiki's Top Chakra Cards of 2017, coming in at #2! Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki was the world's first...

Making the Tarot Your Own
Instead of telling you the one way to read tarot, Your Tarot Your Way embraces the reality that tarot has evolved continuously since its creation...





Pressed to Death Pressed to Death
By: Kirsten Weiss
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Blood's Echo Blood's Echo
By: Isabella Maldonado
Price: $15.99 US,  $18.50 CAN
Reservations Reservations
By: Gwen Florio
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Dreamworking Dreamworking
How to Listen to the Inner Guidance of Your Dreams

By: Christopher Sowton
Price: $19.99 US,  $22.95 CAN
The Hearth Witch's Compendium The Hearth Witch's Compendium
Magical and Natural Living for Every Day

By: Anna Franklin
Price: $27.99 US,  $32.50 CAN