Balanced Body – Balanced Mind

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Balanced Body – Balanced Mind

Over the time that I have worked with clients and colleagues, and in observing life in general; I have become convinced that wellness and happiness lies not so much in the extremes, but in achieving balance.

Balance of plusses and minuses, observing where overbalances occur and then taking action to counterbalance. When there is too little energy, to build energy; where there is too much energy, to calm energy. This seems to be a good solution in both the body and the mind realm.

Balance is essentially a very dynamic ongoing process. Too often we strive for stasis – “when everything works perfectly, then I will be okay”; so we work very hard to reach that point where there are no physical discomforts and there is nothing on the to-do list in our work, relationship or emotional world. But stasis is sterile; it means that we have come to a stop – that no growth or change is happening.

Balance, on the other hand, is about dynamic adjustment on a continuous basis – moment by moment, day by day.  And, what’s more, balance is about being okay with this process!

When we strive for stasis it is easy to also become attached to the ideal of the one simple complete solution. We then apply dietary or healthy living guideline as rigid rules, neither observing our bodies as they go through their cycles, nor adapting to ever changing inner and outer circumstances.

We even do this in the realm of the mind. It has become a generally accepted idea that the power of the mind is significant and can alter everything in our experience. This is an over simplification, as mind also interacts with body and environment. Too often I hear patients say of themselves in a very unforgiving tone: ‘It is my fault that I got flu/a bladder infection/ you fill in the blank here’. When the truth is that maybe you did overdo things, and maybe you did not manage your stress or health perfectly. But hey, maybe you also needed the participation of an opportunistic microbe to create the illness!

When we oversimplify ideas, guidelines and knowledge into rigid principles and rules, we become harsh on ourselves and our world; and what’s worse, we stop thinking – and that prevents us from adapting and finding thinking creative solutions to our challenges of the moment.

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