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Are You Missing Balance in Your Life?

Can these measure balance in your life?There is a  principle that is often missed in our current cultural worldview.  This principle is a key to health, happiness, and success in everything we do.  It may not sound very exciting at first, but the more you investigate it, the more it can positively impact every dimension of your life.  Are you missing balance in your life?

It’s easy to have a myopic view of life—not being able to see the long-term consequences of our actions.  We tend to see only the symptoms that are right in front of us rather than how these relate to deeper patterns or wider ranges of possibilities.

We tend to see only what is out of balance, but not realizing that balance is the issue, we react in an unbalanced way to that.  We want to stamp this out, eradicate that, or find the one right answer so we can throw out the rest.  We tend to gravitate toward simplistic solutions that fail to take into account the dynamic diversity of life.

An example of this is prescription drugs.  It’s amazing to me that prescription drug commercials are effective even when the wide-ranging and long-term damaging consequences are listed.  Have you listened to the litany of side effects?  And we’re willing to put this stuff in our bodies?

I guess the bottom line is that we have symptoms that scare us.  We seek immediate relief even if the “cure” puts us further out of balance, or if it leads us to involvement with a series of drugs to combat the side effects of that first drug.

The purpose of this post isn’t to condemn prescription drugs, but to highlight them as an example of a larger issue—failing to understand balance when it comes to our health and well-being.  It’s easy to think “this” is THE ANSWER or to be endlessly searching for that one magic pill that will “do it for us.”  However, maybe there isn’t one thing.  Maybe there are many things that are important in life and what will “do it for us” is finding the right balance.

The key insight of “balance” is that life is multi-dimensional and dynamic.  Everything moves in cycles.  There is ebb and flow.  Diversity is essential.  Each element is important.  Each has its purpose, its time, and its right amount.  Balance is a dynamic concept that takes into account the wide range of human experience and honors the multi-faceted continuums in which we live.

Discovering the right balance in any given moment requires paying attention to your inner state and what is going on around you.  It is found by tuning into your inner guidance.  As a start to that, simply have the idea of balance in mind as you go about your life this week.  When you have decisions to make, ask yourself, “How can I make this decision in a way that increases balance in my life?”

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3 Easy Ways Balancing Your Body Can Balance Your Life

balanceIf you find your days getting a little lopsided, it might be time to find out if you can still stand on one foot. That may sound silly, but in fact if our bodies are off center, it may be telling us something. If we spend too many days tied to a desk, or in a car, our physical sense of balance starts to suffer. And when our body loses its balance, so can our world.

Try this simple balance test.

Stand straight, with your hands out at either side. Raise one leg, and see if you feel any unsteadiness. Then close your eyes. Did you start to sway a bit more?

Age, loss of muscle strength, and a lot of sitting in front of computers and TVs, all may contribute to a gradual loss of standing balance. Over time loss of balance can make you feel less steady on your feet and less confident in your walk.  But a few simple steps can help you regain balance you may have lost.

  1. Exercise does wonders. Strength training, yoga, tai chi, ballet, and many more physical activities all help you improve your balance. Some have specific balance building poses. And as you gain strength and flexibility, you also gain confidence, just by how you feel.
  2. Balance your plate. Who knew our mothers were so smart? They told us to eat our fruits and vegetables, and they were right. Decades ago no meal was complete without a meat and two veg. Then came fast food, and orange crunchy things in a bag.

It doesn’t matter which exact food are on your plate; by now you know the drill. But a balance of colors, textures, proteins and healthy carbohydrates in your diet does make a difference in your life. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that adequate amounts of B vitamins are essential for the health of the inner ear, which regulates our sense of balance and equilibrium.

       3. Balance your food intake. In his book The Fast Diet, Dr. Michael Mosley explains that humankind was not built to eat constantly. In fact, much of human history was pretty much a feast or famine sort of existence. Even in our modern world, his research suggests, we can feel healthier and less sluggish if we balance big eating days with days when we and eat much less. 

You can go ahead and enjoy celebrations, and game days, but if you give your body a rest from so much food the day after, you may feel better in the long run.

A confident stance helps you balance your day. When you feel stronger, and physically more balanced, both inside and outside your body, it can change how you approach everything you do. Physical strength recharges your emotional strength. Better physical balance gives you poise, and a sense of calm assurance that those around you can see and respond to. Balance your body and you can balance your world.

Have you had an experience where better physical balance made a change in your life? Please share it with us, in the comment box below.