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?

About Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

Jodi graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. In addition to over a decade of work as an LCSW and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with individuals, families and groups in her private practice, Jodi is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and created Destructively Fit®, a training that addresses eating disorders within the fitness industry. She is a former director of Day Treatment at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders and a founding member of Metropolitan Psychotherapy and Family Counseling Practice. Jodi also specializes in infertility and has served on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute since its inception. Jodi is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has been teaching this course, as well as guest lecturing in the NYU Post-Master’s Program, since 2007. Jodi actively lectures and teaches students, families and professionals throughout the metropolitan area about the etiology, prevention, treatment, assessment and work with eating disorders. Through psychotherapy and supportive work with adolescents, adults and families, Jodi works to create a secure sense of self, increased self-esteem and a healthy relationship with self and others. She works with an eclectic person-centered approach and tailors her practice techniques to the unique needs of each individual. Please feel free to contact Jodi directly in her Greenwich Village office, 212.529.5811. View all posts by Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

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