Balance is often elusive. Many of us say, “Yes, please, bring on the balance.” We think of balance as a temporary resting place before venturing forth into more frenetic activity. That would be inaccurate.
Balance is an active state; there is nothing passive about it. Balance requires a fair amount of tenacity and grit — especially when events around us are challenging or even chaotic. It is not for the faint of heart. Balance demands focus.
And here’s the real rub: Balance demands an openness of the heart. It is impossible to maintain equilibrium if we are tightly constricted and knotted up like a pretzel.
Balance suggests a stable point amidst other strong and, often, competing and compelling forces. Balance is about holding our own and not falling down or keeling over; we are standing with flexed knees and able to take deep breaths. Balance keeps us upright.
Think of how a tightrope walker holds out his hands to stay balanced. We, too, need to metaphorically hold our arms wide open to maintain balance. This prevents us from tensing up and taking manic, tight-fingered control. What’s more, by remaining open, we surrender and trust our ability to recover our balance should we slip or become unfocused.
We would all agree that it takes persistence and resolve to maintain our footing and stay centered. A yoga teacher once told me that to maintain balance and keep from falling over; you need to keep your eyes trained on one fixed point. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I suggest that the fixed point is actually deep within us. It is our connection with Source and our relationship with our Best Self, the wonderfully soulful part of us that has an expanded heart and detached vision.
Life is a series of events that continually test our ability to maintain balance. Experience after experience, time after time, we are confronted with situations that pluck and pull at our very being. There can be anger, doubt, fear, rage, despair and grief. Yet, we eventually discover that when we let go, open ourselves up and reconnect with our divine aspect, we are able to regain our balance.
Perhaps it is time to call forth your Inner High Wire Walker and allow yourself to remember your own abilities to stay upright and be centered? All you have to do is open your arms and heart wide and stay focused on higher ground.
“Be tough in the way a blade of grass is: rooted,
willing to lean and at peace with what is around it.”