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The Art of Balance - Discovering The Path Through Extremes

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Life has a way of stirring us up, doesn't it? One minute we are happily going about life as normal, and the next we are all contained to our homes, questioning things as deep as the nature of mortality and as shallow as "Will there be enough toilet paper?!"

    In times such as these, most of us are experiencing extremes. Extreme frustration, extreme solitude, extreme happiness, extreme differs in opinions, extreme waves of emotion. The full gamut of life is right here for us to feel and live through every day and this can be both a blessing and a curse.

  It seems more beneficial than ever to cultivate a sense of balance. So what exactly is balance and how can we encourage more of it in our lives?

   Within the tradition of Buddhism is the concept of the middle way this can be described as the path between two extremes. So when seen from this view balance is the art of cultivating not too much and not too little of all the things we relate to. 

 With attention, we can seek to find balance in every individual area of our lives,as well as in the general overview of our lives. This is no small task... in fact, it is an impossible task! But regardless of its impossibility balance is a worthwhile pursuit anyhow.  Every step we make towards balance will create more peace and space, even as ever more steps emerge that need to be taken.  

   Balance it seems is deeply personal, and what makes a perfect blend for one person may feel very extreme to another- true balance will even look different to the same person at different times in their life, so we can only cultivate it by beginning in the here and now. 

  Take a few breaths to consider:
   What does balance mean to you?
   What feels balanced in your life right now?
   What feels out of balance in your life right now?
    How can you cultivate more balance in this moment, today and in the week ahead?

 I hope you enjoy this weeks video: Yoga for Balance and find a little bit of balance for yourself this week.
      :) s



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