Today is the first day of spring, a day when the amount of sunlight equals the amount of darkness. It is a day of balance and it is a reminder for us to live our lives in balance. All too often our lives are thrown out of balance with work responsibilities, relationships, finances, technology, all the things that can cause day-to-day stress. Balance is an inherent part of the human condition. The human body strives for balance, a name we call homeostasis. The ancients used nature as a guide to lives our lives, taking cues from the sun, the moon and planet earth herself to remind us that while things may slip out of balance, they always come back to balance. We would do well to honor our natural connection to the world.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Take a hint from nature today and live in harmony with the earth energies. Step out into the fresh air. Greet spring with open arms. Take a walk in the woods. Buy some cut flowers. Reflect on your life and take note of what appears to be out of balance. Then do what you can to right it. Breathe!
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
Pick up a coffee-table book on nature and spend some time getting lost in the photographs.
And if you haven’t read the book, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water… consider picking that up for a good read too!
Quote for the Day:
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” — Robert Fulghum
Photo for the Day:
This is one of my favorite nature photographs, taken in St. Lucia, one of the prettiest places on the planet. Enjoy!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the forthcoming, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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