The photo on the left means so much to me. These are my oldest son’s feet many years ago when he first came home from his freshman year at college. He realized the key to his success was balance and ran out to the backyard to find this rock he remembered. (At least, that’s how I remember the story.) The shot was then highlighted in BP Magazine in an issue discussing how balance is for mental health.
Kids are great for balance. I often tell my husband I could easily become a workaholic because I love what I do. I have the kind of job I’d do it even if I didn’t get paid (and, as it turns out, sometimes I don’t so that’s good!) But kids don’t let you become over-absorbed. They demand attention, and play, and engagement. I’m grateful for my husband, children, and dog who rescue me from that potential imbalanced life track.
As we grow, we learn that balance in our lives is essential to our health. In fact, on days when I am feeling out of balance, I find it difficult to do a solid headstand without being wiggly or a yoga pose like tree pose. Our bodies warn us if we have lost our equilibrium in very clear ways if we pay attention. We get sick. (I always find the breakdown of dis-ease interesting. Our bodies are literally out of the natural state of balance.) We get stressed. We get many things. But usually, those things don’t include peaceful and happy.
Here we are in December where people often fall off the beam. They’re not called holi-daze for nothing. More chores introduced into our already chaotically busy lives can shake us up and mess with our equilibrium. Just this morning, I looked at my schedule and thought, “I really don’t have time to exercise. I have a radio interview, an interview with a reporter, a list a mile wide from being gone, blah, blah, nobody cares, blah.”
I decided to suck it up, get to the gym, do my Power class, and guess what? Not only did I have more energy to do all those things I needed to do, I felt my balance come back as I built those biceps up that’d been a little sleepy for the past week while I vacationed in the land called Sedona.
So how to invite the balance back in once you realize it’s off? Check in with yourself in an honest way and ask yourself what you’re missing. Then go-the-heck get it.