So most days I try to get in a bike ride, even if it's just to and from the grocery store. I also spend some time hanging out with a drum pad and sticks each morning, mostly as a meditative practice but also just to blow off some steam. Even durung times of intensive preparation and/or performance, I need to maintain some kind of balance or I'll teeter off some edge and actually lose focus.
So tonight, after an afternoon spent studying texts of the High Holy Days liturgy and practicing some Avinu Malkeinu, I enjoyed dinner with my Sweetie, and spent some time blowing off excess energy by chopping out randomly on a pad for half an hour. If I keep it short and stop before I get carried away, I find it can make it easier to calm down for bedtime.
Some food for thought as we navigate the back half of this preparatory month before Rosh Hashanah --
What rituals do you do to stay balanced? How do you maintain your sense of self and calm when things get crazy? There are lots of ways to do it without sitting cross-legged with your thumbs and forefingers making little O's.
Hope you enjoy some balance this week.