balance – \ˈba-lən(t)s\ – a state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces
Time and again, I’ve noticed how much harder people work when their life is not in balance. They try tirelessly to keep all of their balls in the air and always seem to be exhausted. They operate under the fear that if they don’t work that hard and that frenetically, nothing will get done or even worse, everything will fail. It is an amazing transformation to watch that same person find balance and a new way of being in the world. There is a noticeable shift in their mind, spirit, body and energy. Tranquility.
In a state of balance, there is no work. Only being, breathing and presence. It’s amazing.
Imagine entering into a yoga pose. All of your muscles make subtle shifts to get into the balance of the pose. Once you are balanced, the only way to stay solidly in the pose is to relax into the pose. To allow your muscles and your energy to sustain both relaxation and contraction while simultaneously moving in opposing directions (perhaps in tree pose your energy would move up through the top of your head and down through your heels). Your body feels held, suspended, solid. Your breath is full and deep.
Within balance there is no work. Where in your life are you working harder than you should? What can you do right now to create a sense of balance?