Inner Zen

How do I stay in balance? I listen. As a generation, we are so focused on our daily “to-dos” that we rarely ever check in to see if what others expect us to do matches up with what we truly want to do.
Text by Francesca Cruz | May 22, 2018 | Lifestyle

This continual outward focus leads to burnout, and makes us feel like we’re not in control of our own lives. Every day I set aside some time to ask one simple question of myself: “What do I need?” Then, and this is the important part, I become proactive with whatever the answer is. I find balance comes naturally when I’m continually connected to my deeper needs and wants. Usually this leads to some pretty strange daily activities: from upside-down meditation to grueling workouts, booking mini-breaks to Asia and surprising strangers with compliments — no day is the same. Although it seems chaotic to some, my routine of listening (and acting) on my needs gives me the variety I need to stay balanced, energized and happy.

› Benjamin Evans is a Success Coach dedicated to helping people get to where they want to be. He’s a tech entrepreneur who has traveled and lived all over the world, working from his global desk, with years of study on the topic of human dynamics;

What better way to surround yourself with comfort and treat yourself to heart hugs, than to find things that bring a big ‘ol smile to your face? Here are a few things that remind us that life is all kinds of wonderful.

Happy Yogi
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Right Space
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Power Thoughts
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