Living a balanced life comes from being in relationship.
That is being in a good relationship with yourself, the people around you, and all of nature. One of the ways I work to create balance with nature is through up-cycling.
Yes, I enjoy walking, hiking, and kayaking, and these are great ways to connect with nature, but I am also concerned about pollution, and one of the ways I try to help with pollution is by creating beautiful things from trash.
Once, while walking, I looked in the ditch and found a glass bottle with a small hole in the top. I am not sure what it was used for. Do you? When I picked it up I realized that it looked like a mini lighthouse.
When I got it home I painted a door, and some windows on it. Then I put a mini string of battery operated LED lights in the hole.
The end result was a beautiful nightlight to place in my bathroom.
By creating something out of trash I found on the side of the road I was able to connect with nature, gave myself some time to create, and added something beautiful to my bathroom.
While this helped to build a more balanced relationship with nature, being creative also helps me maintain balance in my life. It brings me into the present, and helps me to not focus as much on the things I can not change. When I am creating I am in control of what I am creating, and this since of control helps when the rest of my life is spinning out of control.
How do you help to bring control in your life? What was the original use for the bottle?