Not the typical Spiritualish episode, this week we work out a question in real time. What is this elusive myth of balance? Work-life balance. Love-work balance. Family-work-love-life-home balance. Anything-balance. Is it possible? Is it even desirable? Meadow gets personal with an issue she's working through currently and we discuss whether what she's seeking is balance or something else.
We talked about
not having such a good week
Meadow’s pretty website
what people might really mean by balance
how life isn’t really balanced after all
what our days look like in reality right now and how that’s not conducive to work-life balance
figuring out what the actual problem is if it isn’t really lack of balance
school season vs. off-season and its effect on work life, especially for single parents
balance being unachievable in a day
wanting to be “bad” sometimes, or at least not “good” all the time
the Middle Way of Buddhism
fear of allowing some flexibility into life
being rebellious and ways Meadow could rebel right now
when and when not to strive for balance
a funny text message and raunchy “instant gratification” pronouncement
new food=new clothes
taking a temporary mental ride on the fitness roller coaster
and a request for letters about thoughts on this topic from you, our listeners
“Balance...is a back door way of saying, ‘I want to be perfect.’”
“If you were trying to do all the things equally, you would literally never get anywhere.”
How are you spending your time, overall? If you feel too busy, how did you get to that place?
How would you rebel against what you usually do? What would you do differently?
What would the Middle Way look like in various aspects of your life like work, relationships, etc.?
Are you willing to do a lot of work to feel just a little better? Or are you in a good enough place, so you can just admit you don’t care to put in the time/effort?
Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time Management for Busy Moms by Kate Northrup
One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin
Music by Izzy DeVor
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Spiritualish is hosted by Laura McKowen and Meadow DeVor. Sometimes spiritual, always inappropriate. New episodes drop every Thursday.