Too much work? Too little “life.” Balance can be a tricky thing. Just ask a tightrope walker. It takes some practice. If fact, it takes ‘spiritual practice’ according to my colleague, Anna Bowness-Park. In an interesting article written February 4, 2015 for The Vancouver Sun, Anna shares the story of a stressed out sales manager whose “days just blurred” together. Whether your life is consumed by work or some other activity, Anna helps us see that putting our spiritual practice first can make all the difference. Here’s Anna:
Work seems never-ending for lots of employees; many feel their work-life balance is completely unhinged and unhealthy.
“The days just blurred into one another. I didn’t feel I had space to think,” explained Myrna (not her real name), a young sales manager. She worked long hours, responding to and travelling to customers across the globe. She felt trapped – if she did not meet the demands, she feared losing her job.
Myrna is not alone. Many people within the business community feel their lives spinning out of control from work that demands much of their time, bringing with it challenges to their mental and physical health. And, try as she might, Myrna found she could not find time to balance this with a spiritual practice to help bring some order to her life.
Too often we make the mistake of attempting to add a spiritual practice into a busy work life. That’s going about it backwards. Instead of thinking of a spiritual practice as a defence against stress, think of it as a proactive beginning that brings about a healthier, better view of ourselves. It is this view that enables us to feel more balanced and able to handle any trials of the day with equanimity and confidence.