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6 Months of Balanced Flow: Word of the Year 2022

“I am rooted, but I flow.”
– Virginia Woolf

Six Months of “Balanced Flow”

The last one week I have been lollygagging. I’ve been meaning to write, but the odd stupor and laziness take over.

Or, it’s the books that I am reading. One such book keeps enticing me to dive into its world of lightness and being. I’ll tell you about it later in this post.

I’m so glad to have chosen: Balanced Flow as my Word of the Year (WOTY) 2022. It’s mystical how it landed on my being, under a gorgeous tree. Here’s the little back story on Balanced Flow along with the intentions I had put out for myself, early this year.

For now, let me set the ball rolling into my Word of the Year 2022 – Balanced Flow, and on how I’ve been progressing so far. A recap post is must, else the whole idea of working with a WOTY tends to derails sometimes, I noticed. Thanks to dear Corinne who introduced me to the concept of WOTY. She in fact continues to do a review of her WOTY every month.

Pahalgam - Lavendar garden
A gurgling river in Pahalgam, Kashmir that defined the process of Balanced Flow joyously.

How It’s Going with Balanced Flow

Sir Terry Pratchett, British humorist, satirist and novelist has a marvellous take on balance and flow that deeply resonates.

“Balance. It was all about balance. That had been one of the first things that she had learned: the centre of the seesaw has neither up nor down, but upness and downness flow through it while it remains unmoved. You had to be the centre of the seesaw so the pain flowed through you, not into you. It was very hard. But she could do it!”
— Terry Pratchett

This quote, to a great extent encapsulates the later half of my February till about mid-May 2022. Months when I was under the weather, not all that upbeat, laid up with a debilitating eye injury. What followed was a tryst with the virus, early May. Mi famila, including yours truly were besieged with weakness, and the body parts felt as though they would disintegrate. And the not so welcome icing on this tasteless cake was the brain fog, but of course (nothing new I suppose!).

The balance seemed fairly topsy turvy, but I continued to flow with what the universe deemed fit, to hand out on my platter.

Did I have a choice? No.

The only choice I had was to allow the pain of healing to flow through me, and not into me. There was a larger picture to it. 

When we are healing, we are shedding the skin of our being, just like a snake would when it moults. Or a larvae would before it turns into a pupae, only to emerge struggling from the chrysalis, into a gorgeous, gossamer winged butterfly.

You can’t cut the chrysalis off to hasten the process before the butterfly emerges, can you? Similarly when the universe takes us through the path of healing, we just have to wait and watch. And be patient with the process.

River-Flowing-Hills-Farming
Be the Flow. A scenic morning from my 14 year-old’s boarding school in the Sahyadari Hills, Maharashtra, India. The River Bhima only knows how to flow with the currents; so can we, without battling the tides.

We can flow and also be the flow. It’s not always easy, but then that’s the only way to remain in a state of balanced flow.

Do we question our joyous days? Or the laughter that broke out in the realms of a very precious moment. We don’t. Right?

Why is it then that every time painful moments, illnesses, challenging days, or tough life experiences come knocking at our door, we ask, “Why me?” How about changing the dialogue to, “Try me!”

Yes, easier said than done, but these experiences are bound to happen. They come to test us. To help peel and shed those layers that no longer serve us, heal us, and then define who we actually are meant to be; or already were deep within, minus the biases and stories we grew up to. 

“What the river was showing her now was that she could flow beyond the brokenness, redeem herself, and fuse once more.”
— Ursula Hegi

 

What it’s Means to Be In Balanced Flow

In the last six months of 2022, I may not have always been in a state of Balanced Flow, but I have learned to embrace and see things as they are.

1. I have learned not to fight the tide, and to flow instead. Then I do have those days when I try to fight the tide, but I acknowledge those battles, only to move on.

On other days I love, cherish and observe where the stream of joy and consciousness carries me.

2. Being in a state of Balanced Flow also entails trusting my inner voice, tuning in to the silent spaces, living in a state of unhindered gratitude every single day, staying grounded and taking it slow and easy, with love in my heart. 

3. I have learned to make the practise of yoga and mediation a discipline that I stick to whole heartedly. On days I can’t, I no longer beat myself crazy, and chose to cut myself some slack. I stay grounded, balanced and continue to flow; knowing this too is one of those days and it shall pass. 

To be in Balanced Flow is to ebb and flow and to stay aglow. Click To Tweet

 

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Sunrise at the Sahyadari Hills. A union of nature and mankind.

4. I love my time spent in nature, walking bare feet on the dew-kissed grass, hugging trees, having a conversation with them and the plants, birds, and other beings, and infusing them with gratitude that flows unconditionally from my heart. I love to tend to my plant babies at home. Watching them flourish and grow with love, gives me nothing but utter joy.

Nature is a beautiful and constant inspiration to be in balanced flow.

5. Honour my sustainable journey every single day, and do the best I can to love and preserve this planet. Here’s a post I recently wrote about one part of my sustainable journey so far. 

Book-PLants-Buddha-Ari and Dante
Books that make me fall head over heels in love with them. Ones that make us believe in the goodness of life. Ari and Dante will transport you to your bitter-sweet growing up years. This gentle story of LGBTQ love is sure to take your breath away.

6. I have been reading much more than the last few years. It’s great to have picked up on my pace, after a very long time. I am reading this absolutely adorable YA fiction by Benjamin Alres Saenz. I gorged on the first part, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” in three days. I’m now on book 2, “Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World”. These two books will take you back to your growing up days, with simplicity and grace. Those yesteryears when we were broken and beautiful, all at the same time. As we continue to be so, even now.

Reading takes me back to my younger days, bereft of any screen time. It has a soothing and calming effect on me. Reading  plays a vital role for me to stay in Balanced flow. It’s a wonderful opportunity to disconnect from screen and just be.

Terrace-Plants-Flowers-Garden Cane Chairs - Table
Home is where my heart is. Our little, scruffy haven of a terrace where we grow some of our food and flowers. It’s summers so the yield is a bit limited right now.

7. How much I love mi famila time. This gives me a great sense of balanced flow every single day. Though the fourteen-year-old now studies in boarding, but she was here for the summers. We all created such beautiful memories together. Going for long walks, just hanging out indoors, chatting endlessly and much more.

We drove down to the mountains in June with our two furry children, Mishka and Laila in tow. It was our first break after over two-and-a -half years, wherein none of us was missing, The last such break was way back in October 2019, to Africa, before the pandemic.

 

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My gorgeous girls who make this life as lip-smacking as my favourite Tiramisu. On our mountain vacation this summer.

The Road Ahead

The only thing I would wish to add for myself while being in a state of Balanced Flow for the next six months months is; a far greater commitment towards writing and publishing. To find my rhythm and to be on a journey where I can go back to contributing to wildlife and sustainability as a writer. All this, while making an abundant living out of it. 

Abracadabra, I repeat again: To the next six months of being in a state of Balanced flow! 

So it is! Tathastu!

Do you have a WOTY too? 

How has it been going the last 6 months?

If you don’t have a WOTY, would you like to pick one now and work with it?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and impressions.

 

Sending you unlimited love, light and laughter.

Keep shining your light, all you wonderful people out there. 

Hugs galore,

Natasha

 

Pine Tee-Trunk-Healing Hands
Healing and communicating with a Pine which was burnt to a great extent in the mountain forest fires, yet it continued to stand tall, indomitable and in balanced flow – not giving up.

 

Just for no reason at all, sharing a lovely playlist by the legend, Leonard Cohen. His music gives me a sense of Balanced Flow, I guess, that’s why. 🙂

 

Linking up with my lovely friends Brain  for Thankful Thursday, Parul’s Thursday Tree Love (that I have sorely missed) Sandee and Keith for Wordless Wednesday,

Cathy and Alana for Monday Mewsic Moves, Corinne for Monday Musings and Trent for Weekly Smiles.

48 thoughts on “6 Months of Balanced Flow: Word of the Year 2022

  1. Thank you for sharing your deep personal reflections, so pertinent to my situation as I am now at the center of the see-saw, halfway through an 18 week course of chemotherapy. My Covid bout was in January, just weeks after moving from Florida to Connecticut.. Having had three jabs it was a mild case, but caused cancellation of several medical appointments I had set up just after moving. In a way the delay was fortunate, as it provided time to detect metastases to the liver which were not visible after my operation back in October and a change from watchful waiting to active treatment. I am so thankful to now be living with our daughter’s family instead of being isolated in Florida.
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    1. Ken, I”m so glad you are living with your daughter in the picturesque Florida. I love all the pictures you share.

      I pray for you well being and that the treatment totally turns in your favour bestowing you with long term good health.

      Take good care. Will swing by to see what’s happening in your neck of woods.

      Blessed weekend! My warm regards to Mary Lou and the children.

  2. Absolutely enjoyed reading this lovely post of yours and nodded in agreement in so many places. With our ‘words’ being so similar, this resonated with me even more.
    Thank you for connecting offline too. It was great talking to you! The one really meaningful conversation I had over the phone this month! ♥

  3. So beautifully put! It is easy to adhere to our goals and intentions when things are going alright but it becomes complicated when things don’t go our way. I think doing something as good we can is better than not doing anything at all for the fear of not being perfect.

    I hope you are feeling better now and lovely pictures as always.

    I don’t have a word of the year this time. But if I had to pick one, perhaps it would be “Explore” considering my move.
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    1. Explore just fits your bill currently, Reema and is so very apt.

      I’m doing great yes, touche’!

      I wish you gorgeous days in your new abode and sun kissed skies.
      Take care and enjoy this all new beginning. Love.

  4. This post seems to have been written just for me. It’s been an incredibly stressful year here for me and for those I love. The images you share—“When we are healing, we are shedding the skin of our being, just like a snake would when it moults. Or a larvae would before it turns into a pupae, only to emerge struggling from the chrysalis, into a gorgeous, gossamer winged butterfly…”—are beautiful and helpful.

    Thank you.

    I chose the word “love” for this year, and it has served me well. When I struggle as to how to respond in a situation, I turn to my word. Love seems so overused, and yet it has been a perfect word for me this year.

    1. Love is indeed a perfect word, Deb. Might be flippantly used, but love is what keeps it all going. Love leads to kindness, and kindness leads to a better world.
      We need ample doses of love in today’s fractured world.

      I’m so glad this post echoes with your being.
      Lovely to see you here. Been a while.

    1. Thanks Shiju, coming from an ace photographer like you I will lap up the compliment. All these pictures as all the other pictures on my blog are from my phone camera. 🙂

  5. I’m sorry about the injury and illness of the first part of the year, but seems that things are going well with your balanced flow these last six months. I think I said on another post that I like the concept of the WOTY. Maybe something I should try… Have a great rest of your week and here is to the next six months of this word 🙂

  6. Inspirational post. I stopped picking a WOTY several years ago. I take such pleasure in tending my plants and I hope they know they are loved, in turn. Leonard Cohen was such a unique talent. Another of many we lost in the aftermaths of falls.

  7. Natasha, what a beautiful post. I’m here because I joined the music link party. As someone who was born in Montreal, I know Leonard Cohen very well. When he did the soundtrack for Natural Born Killers, I was elated! The Future is a powerfully emotional song. thank you for posting this set of his songs! Flow…lately I’ve been looking for flow in my life. I’m a spiritual gal, I read cards, I observe Nature, I watch for signs. Balance is my quest. I recently thought about Whale spirit, encouraging us to find the flow that suits our lives and our energy, and not to forget to come up for a breather now and then! I love that your daughters are the Tiramisu in your life! ♥♥♥

    1. Rain. Thank you for swinging by. And for your gorgeous words. Pleasure to meet you.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the sound tracks and it’s great to know you are a Canadian born like him. 🙂 Is there a museum for Cohen around Montreal ?

      It’s great to know you read cards and watch for signs from the universe. I do the latter too myself. My older daughter in fact reads tarot cards.
      I love the guidance you got from the whale spirit – how beautiful is it and completely resonates with my WOTY. Thank you so much for sharing this, Rain. Means much. <3

      I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing all the wonderful cooking, art, rain water harvesting, poetry you do. Loved the rendition of Edgar Allen Poe's, Raven.

      Love and light xo

      1. ♥♥ I haven’t lived in Montreal for many years, but I do know that some of the museums there have Leonard Cohen exhibits, as they should!!! ☺ Nice that your daughter reads Tarot, it’s always so insightful! So nice to have met you too! ♥♥

  8. A beautifully written piece which had me stopping and thinking along the way. You’ve really got me wondering what my WOTY might be! Nothing comes to mind right now, but I’m sure it will, given time. Finishing with my favourite songwriter and inspirational poet Leonard Cohen was just perfect! Blessings.
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    1. I look forward to hearing your WOTY for the remaining part of the year, if it does land upon you, Keith.

      I’m so glad to know you are the Cohen fan too.
      Thank you for the blessings. Back at you too, my friend. 🙂

  9. Natasha,

    I don’t go with the flow as well as I’d like to sometimes. I prefer things to be nicely balanced but life is from that for me but I do try to keep my sanity. I can’t believe more than half of the year has evaporated. I was pretty sure the days would drag by since we made vacation plans but they haven’t and it won’t be long before we can make our escape to enjoy some time away from the norm. Thanks for joining the party, my friend. Sending prayers, hugs, and love to you. Have a boogietastic week! 😉

    1. I hope you go for that vacation real soon, dearest Cathy.

      I know we are already into the seventh month, but at least the pandemic is behind us. So far so good.

      Thanks for hosting the Mewsic Moves. It inspires me to gather all my favourite music and tune into the ones that got buried over the years.
      What news of Marie? Tell her i send love and prayers.
      Blessed weekend. <3

  10. What a special post, dear Natasha!
    It was a pleasure this special journey through your words and ideas and music.
    Thank you, dear friend. Be blessed!
    There is still summer, so enjoy it!
    Love, light and big hugs!❤️

  11. I read all these words with great pleasure. <3 I felt the joy of being in the middle of nature and I felt the burnt pine that resists. In a way, we are like trees that resist not only storms but also fire, but we don't always realize it.

    I've never had a WOTY. If I had to choose one, it might be "balance" – I would choose it for life, because balance is not very easy to maintain.

    I love Leonard Cohen! The lyrics of the songs, his voice … And I like your blue ring! 🙂

    Unlimited love for you too! <3 Light and laughter!
    Big hug, dear Natasha! <3

    1. True we, indeed are much like the trees. Persisting through all storms and fires in our lives, dear Di.
      <3

      Glad you are a Cohen fan too, and you liked that ring. 🙂
      Infinite love to you too dear heart. 🙂 <3 <3
      Have a good weekend.

  12. Balanced Flow is such a profound word to follow Natasha. I’ve simply fallen in love with it.
    Happy to read about your journey during the last 6 months following the path of your chosen word. I must commend you on doing so well with that. Accepting setbacks or challenges with equal grace doesn’t come to all. Kudos to you for exhibiting a mature outlook towards the challenges you’ve faced and accepting happiness with deep gratitude. Hope you enjoy your onward journey too.
    Keep inspiring and shining your light. Read, love, laugh and stay blessed dear ❤️

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