Find Balance in Your LifeFebruary 28th, 2012 | News | No Comments »
Story and image by Andy Shierson.
Life is insanely hectic and trying to balance our daily lives can be like trying to juggle hot potatoes.
But there is a unique approach to finding balance in this circus of life and it lies within the Aboriginal Student Centre here on campus.
It’s called the medicine wheel. It’s a holistic approach to finding balance in our daily lives and overall living a fulfilling life.
The medicine wheel is divided in four sections of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional quadrants. Each area is represented by earthly elements and colours that represent different stages in life.
For example the physical quadrant is represented by tobacco, the colour being yellow, spring being the season and childhood being the stage of life.
“Think of it exactly like a wheel. If one side is out of balance the wheel won’t work. Just like being a student, if you’re hungry you won’t be able to concentrate on your studies. Fill that hunger and then you can concentrate much better,” says Julie Pigeon, Aboriginal Student Centre advisor.
Or if you have ever worked in a restaurant or pub you can think of it like balancing a serving tray. If even one drink or plate is off balance the customer not only gets served but showered with their order.
With the concept of balance in mind you can break down the idea of the medicine wheel by grabbing a large piece of paper, drawing a circle and then dividing it up into the four quadrants.
Think about your daily routine and organize the tasks into the appropriate four quadrants.Take a look at your circle after you have filled out each quadrant.
If some sections are filled up more than the others you can see where your life is out of balance and begin making some changes to your circus act in life.