2011-09-16 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As holidays approach and we have the stress of our daily lives, it is important to remember to be in balance. In balance means a peaceful connection of our physical, mental and emotional selves guided by our spirit. What are you looking for in life? Are you focused on what you yourself want, or are you like seaweed in the ocean and just come and go as the tide directs it. An outside force can be leading you and before you know it, your life has been moved into old age.

What does peace and happiness mean to you? It is important to take the time and think about your own ideas. So many people with whom we are surrounded are extremely competitive, and it is the competition that guides their lives. Do you care that much about what other people think of you? Is that the driving force that propels you forward in life?

Also within each segment of ourselves we have to achieve balance. It is well known that if you exercise one muscle, you should then exercise the opposing muscle for balance. So if you fall or aren’t paying attention to aches and pains or your nutrition, you may be out of balance.

It is good to correct your physical body’s harmony while it is not too painful. Why wait till a ligament tears or your blood vessels are clogged before attempting correction.

With our thoughts, are you thinking of what makes you unhappy, who you hate or with whom you are frustrated, what you can’t control or previous angers and resentments? As much as possible, it is wise to fill yourself with thoughts of what makes you happy. Your emotions hinge on this, and we want to create peace within ourselves. We can take any necessary action that may be required, but what are we thinking about during the day, etc.

Create your own happiness and peace in a way that feels comfortable to you. We can control so little in life, but we can direct ourselves in the direction that will bring us as much joy and harmony as possible.

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