This week, after I’d read Gary Ramsey’s book Bliss, One Hero’s Journey, my interest in what in balance means has changed. My thought’s had been about being in balance physically and with time.
Physically I mean being upright with little or no excessive holding up, allowing my postural muscles do their job without my superficial muscles working too much. If I tire when standing I’m using superficial muscles instead of my postural muscles, postural muscles have a very long endurance, superficial muscles don’t.
For time, in balance means to me is bringing in the here and now, not drifting off tot he past or working about the future.
However Gary introduced me to more dimensions of balance that I hadn’t really thought about, understanding these dimensions helped Gary stay alive even with cancer. That seems a very bold statement, read his book and you’ll understand.
The crux of balance is that I don’t need to try too hard to be in balance,
if fact, not trying to hard is overkill,
I just need to be to be in balance.
Do you ever have thoughts;
- that I must try harder
- that’s too difficult
- I must fight that
- it’s not worth the effort
These thoughts will push you of balance with yourself, you will lose the opportunity to be your authentic self as you energy and engagement is elsewhere.
It is equally with things you love
- dreaming of the location you love
- tending to the ones you love at the expense of yourself
These thoughts will again push you of balance.
All these thought are fine however the issue is if you get stuck with one of these thoughts you will lose your balance and you will have to compensate in some form. The compensation comes in many forms, tightening muscles to compensate, eventually resulting in muscle strain and pain.
A chemical imbalance due to being stuck in one of the fight, flight or freeze modes due to a stuck fear response, may lead to a serious illness
Perpetual eagerness to be busy, equally being a persistent sloth and reluctant to work, both these will eventually take their toll. Our bodies will do what it needs to, to establish to be in balance, until eventual burnout.
Find your balance but remember that not trying too much is overkill!