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Life Balance

Most people I know struggle with Life/Work balance.  One concept that helps guide me in my quest for balance is the concept of “Effort & Ease”.  I was introduced to this concept by a New Zealander yoga instructor named Ted Surman, who lives and teaches on Maui at his Yoga Awareness Studio. I think that people who struggle with work/life balance could benefit from understanding and practicing this concept. The Yoga Sutra teaches the concept of sthirasukha: the qualities of sthira (steady alertness) and sukha (lightness and comfort of being) are necessary for a good yoga practice. I have come to believe that this is also true for life in general. The concept can be described in many ways: steadiness/gentleness, yin/yang, or effort/ease. Ted turned me onto a wonderful book called The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, which I highly recommend.

In future posts I will explore ways that I observe this in my own life, and in the world. By the way, in case you’re wondering, I’m no master at this balance of effort & ease, but I must say that it’s become a guiding principle in my life.

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