Balance is critical to our health and wellbeing, and it is very challenging. Working with the body, it is easy to see that balance is not a static state. If you try to balance on one leg you will feel that the body is making constant little (or big if you are balance-challenged) corrections. As we start to fall over one way, we correct it with movement the other direction. Mental, emotional, and spiritual health requires this constant effort and correction as well.
We all know people who live at the gym or exercise many hours a day. Or perhaps we know people who are so involved running their business that there is no time for their family. Maybe we have been around people who have made their spiritual quest so consuming that they have difficulty earning a living or relating to others. Exercise, work, spirituality—these are all good things, right? Please hear this important truth. Any good thing taken to extreme can become a bad thing.
There are times when something requires our full attention for a short period of time. I think of a motorcyclist turning a corner and leaning into the curve. The leaning makes it work. However, leaning too much or too long can be disastrous. How can we know when we are getting off balance? A good indicator is often the quality of our relationships. We may not see how precariously we are leaning, but someone who loves us usually can see it because we are probably tugging them in very uncomfortable ways. Chances are they are trying to tell us. Are we listening?
As the balance in our bodies improves, the corrections become smaller and less noticeable until we feel very stable and strong. We have all marveled at the beautiful balance of a gymnast or a dancer. It is a journey and a process but well worth the effort. Living a balanced, healthy lifestyle will most surely bring us and those we love, our greatest peace and happiness.
Balance requires constant vigilance and evaluation. We have to “check in” and listen—to ourselves, to our loved ones, and seek personal revelation to see if we are leaning too far and might fall over. The quicker we can correct, the easier the correction. The more we do it, the better we get. Listen and correct, listen and correct, listen and correct.