Running my home business is one of the many things I’m grateful for in my life. At the same time, I’ve been feeling driven lately—not just to do the work itself, but to learn new tools, find new ways and places I can share my message. That’s all good and seems healthy. The only problem is sometimes I forget that it’s ALSO healthy to breathe and assimilate what I’ve just done, before dashing off to do the Next thing.
In an earlier blog, I talked about how times of contraction and rest are actually an essential part of a strategy for running a home business—that it’s crucial to remember to take a pause “in-between.” But if you’re like me, that can be hard to remember. See, I’m one of those lucky people who absolutely loves the work I do—teaching, healing, writing, performing, and public speaking. I just don’t wanna stop!
What I’ve been realizing lately is that I need to discern the difference between motivation that is vital and coming from Source from the kind of drive or pressure coming out of an underlying, unconscious anxiety and doubt—that no matter what I do, it’s won’t be Enough.
Still, if I drop deeper into the question behind that anxiety—am I doing everything I can for my business?—I realize it’s still of value because I’m passionate about nurturing and sustaining growth anyway I can.
In the end it all comes back to staying in balance. Hmm, time to practice what I teach! This is one of my favorite qi practices to keep me in balance, as I explore, expand, evaluate and play.
What are some of the things you do to create balance in your life?
Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential. Book: The Way of Joy: An Evolutionary Process to Awaken Inspiration, Focus Intention and Manifest Fulfillment, CD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.