“Balance is beautiful” Miyoko Ohno
It can truly be an art form, balancing yourself, your life, your work…everything in life requires balance. From balancing your check book to your mind. I imagine this to be a scale, a giant scale, with fairies plopping words or symbols that represent things in my life on each side, and sometimes they don’t always balance out. When I work on balance in yoga, I focus on my body, on my breath, to focus in and breath into a steady stance. Needless to say it doesn’t work like that when it comes to a job, or the check book. It is this way with experiences too. You cannot experience great happiness without profound sadness…I don’t have a reliable source of where I heard that. It always stuck with me though. How would you know you were happy if you had never been sad before? I think this is where mediation comes into play.
Focusing on the breath, focusing on emptying the mind completely and coming to a spot in your psyche that is content to observe…I imagine this is what a balanced mind would be. I’ve had the blissful experience of having that balance, though it is much harder to carry it with you throughout your day. This balance is essential, I believe, in a practice as well. You cannot focus entirely on meditation, or your body gets soft, and you cannot focus on just your body or your mind grows weak. You can always apply both, equally, to your life. Here is a little meditation for you, something I like to do when I feel a bit of kilter.
If you sit quietly, comfortably, and close your eyes. Go to your breath, focus on the breath. The way it moves in and out of your lungs, filling you up, and emptying out. Visualize yourself balanced, a beautiful kaleidoscope of light and dark, intermingling inside you. Think of that image, and when you feel you have it, imagine that being you, every day, completely in harmony and balance with yourself. When you are ready, return to your breath, and slowly realize your body, your environment, and bring the balanced feeling with you during your day.