In Dr. Richard Swenson’s book Margin he talks about the lack of margin in people’s lives and how it leads to a lot of stress which can have implications on ones physical and emotional health. Always on the go many of us fill our days with work, appointments, and things we have to do. Rushing from place to place, thing to thing and worrying about getting it all done. Often times we only take a break when our bodies shut it all down. The book was recommended to me by a friend who is a pastor. Sadly, I haven’t had enough Margin in my life to read it all the way through. I, however, have taken its premise to heart and tried to create more of a balance in my life so as to not succumb to living a margin-less life.
In order to build balance I believe you have have a strong foundation. Something that is going to hold you up in the face of hurricane winds, driving rain, and an earthquake. I believe we get out of balance and stressed out when we can’t meet the demand of what ever situation is upon us. When there is too much going on or we don’t have the resources to cope on our own life gets pretty stressful and out of whack. Of course our Foundation is Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us time and time again when man tries to handle things within his own power it never works out well. And being reminded of that daily is the first thing I want to mention:
1: My wife stumbled upon an APP a few years back that has become part of our daily routine. I find it a phenomenal way to start my day as I commute into work. The Daily Audio Bible APP. Brian Hardin reads a portion of the Bible each day and will then briefly explain the scripture and put in historical context as well as describe the physical location. I have a 40 minute drive on average and find that my day is always better when I listen.
The second way to help build balance is the crux of this Blog. Being in good physical shape and healthy physically.
2: This Blog is all about getting into better shape for the arrival of my daughter. Being able to handle all of the physical aspects of my life helps bring balance as well.
We were designed perfectly and wonderfully. Understanding, how to balance our physiology is another way to bring balance. Here are a series of Blog posts on Balanced Breathing.
3. Balanced Breathing Part 1
I Peter 5:8 (AMP) says “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”
The NIV version puts it this way: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Balance Breathing or having High Heart Rate Variability leads to a clarity of the mind, a calm and quiet focus.
So far this is what I am doing to achieve balance. As I discover and implement more I will keep you informed. They work for me. I would encourage you to find what works best for you. God Bless!