bal·ance | [bal-uhns] | verb
- to bring to a state or position of equipoise
- to bring into harmony or proportion
synonyms: counterbalance, equity, equivalence, harmony, counterbalance, proportion, symmetry
“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” – Norbet Plat
Each day that I acknowledge the imbalances in my life, my personal struggle for equanimity becomes more competitive. Who determines the perfect balance between work and play?
If you work more often, longer hours, and more intensely…
will this make you a contributing member of society… seen as as more productive?
What if you decided, on Monday morning, that you are not sufficiently rested from the week before and just decide to take the day off. Sleep in and sit in the sun, read a book – walk your dog. Does this make you a slacker?
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulghum
Should you go home each night after work, and eat a healthy meal and get plenty of sleep? Or do you grab the opportunity to go to a concert, a late night dinner, dance like you-just-don’t-care when the opportunity presents itself, because, you may say: “Sleep when you’re dead.” Is it ok if sometimes you go to work tired, or hung over?
Do you exercise every day?
Are you always sore the next day? Do you push your body until you grit your teeth and grunt?
What’s REALLY right for you? Only you can decide… but have you made a plan?
(Exercise doesn’t have to be harder – just smarter.)
“If you spend too much time warming up, you”ll miss the race.
If you don”t warm up at all, you may not finish the race.” – Grand Heidrich
Every day, acknowledge and respect your imbalances. Strive to reach harmony within yourself. Make yourself the promise to do one thing everyday which feels nurturing, and one thing that asks you to reveal your vulnerabilities. Search for the perfect fit.
Philosophy In Action
Have you ever suffered from heart break? If so you know that your body can suffer physical and mental imbalances from that heart ache, which may even affect your immunity. This week find balance within. Examine your eating, sleeping, working and play habits in addition to your thought patterns (are they mostly negative or positive?). Finding balance in ourselves first will help us find balance all around us.
Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra
This week, I seek balance through…
Color Your World
The color of the month is Bud Green. This bright spring color can be used to balance and heal your physical and spiritual body.
The heart chakra (the 4th chakra) is in the center of all the major chakras. It links the upper and lower chakras together. Balance of the lower chakras is paramount to balancing the heart and upper chakras thereafter.
Balance is the foundation for all movement. This week execute your upper body exercises while standing on one leg. For example: while you are doing bicep curls, stand on your right foot. When you are doing lateral raises, stand on your left foot.
Find the connection from glutes to feet – and correct your imbalances!