The Sacred Gift and the Faithful Servant-Part II, Balance
The Intuitive Mind is a Sacred Gift;
the Rational Mind is a Faithful Servant
~ Albert Einstein
In Part I we explored whether you are more intuitive or analytical. Each of us has strength in one or both areas. The key is how do you employ your intuitive or rational mind to serve you and others? And how can you develop the side that might be hidden or weaker?
This time I’m offering you an exercise to create more balance in your life. By living more in the rhythm of your day and your relationships vs. out of synch and disconnected from yourself and others, you can use your Sacred Gift and Faithful Servant to everyone’s benefit.
The following are 3 Exercises designed to help you notice your dominant way of being/doing and how far out of balance (or in balance) you really are! Are you a more “Yin” (being/receiving) or more “Yang” (doing/active giving) personality?
Do you ……
– Feel you have enough time for yourself – even just to breathe?
– Feel you have enough time for nurturing relationships and fun with your family and friends?
– Find that you sometimes neglect yourself or your business in response to family demands?
– Operate on endless lists? Like making lists? Usually complete your To Do’s?
– Thrive on activity and crisis? Are you energized or exhausted in the end?
– Prefer to avoid adrenalin rush situations?
– Avoid confrontation?
– Make enough time for exercising/walking/dancing/having unstructured fun?
– Find yourself “hanging out”, e.g. watching T.V., playing cards, drinking or even meditating too much?
-Are you generally satisfied with your daily/weekly accomplishments?
II. Assessing Yin and Yang (in 3 parts)
a. YinYangBalance to download the page –Yin and Yang in Balance. Locate 3 pencils or hi-lighters of different colors. Using one of the colors, start by circling what you are doing now – a good rule of thumb is if you do this on average at least 1 hr or more per day. Using another color, circle what you want more of in your daily/weekly routine. With the 3rd color, write in more Yin or Yang words that suit your needs. Perhaps you want to add painting, or public speaking.
b. On the same sheet of paper where you jotted down your thoughts about how you want to use your time better, write down the answers to these questions:
- Are you more of a Yin person or a Yang person?
- On a scale of 1 – 10, how out of balance do you feel you are right now?
- Are you at one extreme end of the pendulum? See the bottom of your sheet. List the extreme Yin and/or Yang behaviors (if you “practice them”) that you would like to release.
III. Create your perfect day/week
On another sheet of paper, describe a perfect day of Yin & Yang in balance. Do a “work” day. (At another time paint a picture of a weekend in balance.) Try a vision board to capture this. You might want to check out the guidelines for doing vision boards along with the 8 other exercises to discover and claim what you want – go here to check out the Compendium of My I Wants.
How can your answers help you to Nurture your Sacred Gift and to Honor your Faithful Servant? Being objective and using logic and analysis is essential at times. Just as being subjective, trusting your intuition and your feelings is needed at other times. When we are out of balance, we can not see our heads or our hearts clearly.
Thank you for participating in these exercises. I hope that they helped to clear any fog or to unpack any excess baggage you might have. Celebrate your day in balance, renewed energy. Your comments are always welcome!!
Allow your Sacred Gift and your Faithful Servant to support your success and happiness.
[Tune in to Part III next week- Tools to Build Your Intuition]