As we near the holiday season, I've been thinking a lot about the concept of balance. Like, what is it ....REALLY?! And how do we actually get there? CAN we actually get there?
I don't think anyone will ever reach a final state called balance. It's not possible. Instead I see balance as a practice to follow. Think of the practice as following a road. One side of the road represents too much and the other side of the road represents too little. Wherever we are on the road, balance is heading back towards the middle.
All of life operates on a spectrum of opposites. Balance is about seeking the middle ground. When you are going really fast, then it may be time to slow down. When you haven't moved your body for awhile, then it may be time to get things shaking.
When I see clients for bodywork it is very common for people to declare that they are looking to feel balanced. The good news is, the very fact that they are in the room about to receive an hour of bodywork IS the act of balance at work! What could be a better remedy for a busy work-filled life than an hour of deep profound relaxation!
But what if you CAN'T SLOW DOWN?
Sometimes we just don't have the option of choosing the middle of the road. In these times it is still important to keep balance in mind. When you have the chance, practice it! It is usually a challenge, but that is when we need it most!
It's a daily lifelong practice. Balance is a friend. It's an approach to life that seeks peace.
I wish you peace, balance and happiness through the holiday season!
-Susie Carlson, dipl. ABT
Certified Shiatsu & Massage Therapist at Red Cricket Healing Center in Minneapolis
about the wisdom of Chinese Medicine as applied to Shiatsu & Massage, healthy living, the benefits of Bodywork and simple healthy lifestyle practices.