Balance in all things


And I guess a picture of the view from an aeroplane window shows just that.  Ask a physicist for a proper explanation, but it’s to do with lift and thrust balancing mass and gravity, resulting in forward motion.  Or something very like that.

Recently I’ve been thinking about health and happiness, and it’s a lot easier to have both if you have balance in your life.  Some of those things people keep saying really are true: balanced diet, balanced budgets, work- life balance … any more? A good golf swing, or ski-jump, perhaps.  It’s the basis of the Tao yin /yang symbol, male/female, light/dark.

But how do you achieve it?  Well, surely you have to start with self awareness.   Most of us need to practise to take a realistic look at ourselves.  Sometimes of course there are massive catastrophes that we can personally do nothing about (I’ve just been watching the news with pictures of the floods in Somerset), but most of the time, for most of us in the UK life is far from catastrophic. In those normal situations it can be very easy to blame outside agencies – the boss, the trains, the government – for the things that are wrong in our lives… but in fact we can all make small adjustments to our lives to move towards balance.

A great place to start is with physical balance – literally focusing on balance. When you practise skills such as tai chi or yoga you have to focus on small internal issues – which muscles you’re using, how you are standing (hip pushed out? Leaning forward?) Emptying your mind, thinking about relaxing and breathing while achieving balance is more challenging than it sounds, and for me it was a big step along the way to understanding myself better.

If you are feeling that you aren’t in control of your own life, why not try something like tai chi or yoga, and see if it starts to help you get more balance.


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