Thanks, Leo. I needed to read that post.

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Finding balance is hard. Striving for self-improvement is hard. I bet I’m not the only person who has a hard time balancing work, personal growth, maintenance of mind, body, spirit, and surroundings, creativity, and resistance (or, put more positively, activism).

Shoulding on myself

So I end up telling myself:

  • I should go to the gym (because I should get fit)
  • I should get back to meditating (because I should be more spiritually in tune)
  • I should clean out the fridge
  • I should set more specific goals for each day.
  • I should think more positively.

You can see why I call it “shoulding on myself.”

Forgetting what I know

I have an email account I don’t use much any more, and I had forgotten that it still receives emails from zen habits. Today I happened to open the email, and it was just what I needed to hear.Stop striving. You could try coming from appreciation and compassion. As in:

  • I appreciate my body, so I take care of it by eating well and exercising.
  • I appreciate life, so I go outside and be in nature instead of hanging out on my phone or at the computer.
  • I appreciate the moment, so I meditate.

That certainly feels better than, “There’s so much I need to do, I don’t know what to do first.”

So, thank you, Leo. I encourage everyone to check out this post.


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