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Balance in Life.

I have spent most of my life studying, searching, and experiencing. I am not afraid to crumple myself. But I learned to rise again.

After rain.

After rain

After rain

Are you balanced? Do you take care of the important and let loose the rest?

Is balance something steady? An unmovable final state that emerges after effort, years of training, work, or experiences?

Some consider it a fruit of lack. Others the well-cultivated child of labor, or...

The product of magical guidance by a guru. One who seems to hold the knowledge, wisdom, and psychic powers combined, on a long-bearded guy, slim or fat, with rather sleepy eyes and a deep sleepy, difficult-to-listen-to voice.

Balance is almost always connected to a solid rock state, where hands and legs, are stretched and suffer under pressure. It's just how you picture a mental state to a physical position and vice versa.

Every day has its routine.

Some consider routine a state of equilibrium. The fruit of many years of work, between wishes and hopes. Mostly it's the fruit of the external pressure of family, school, job, marriage, state, laws, habits, and society.

That's not balance. Probably is stress disguised.

In nature everything is balanced. The most extreme weather or geological phenomena. Life and death, growth and decay, the smallest and the biggest, all, are part of a fine procedure where nothing is useless and all are related.

Nature's balance is a chain.

To consider an earthquake as something extreme is an immature human reaction to our obvious weakness. We mix our concept with reality.

We confuse our naive effort to comprehend, our poor and always inadequate vocabulary, with the external world which is uninterested in whether we call everything by a name or number.

But is balance an exceptional state, something we see scarcely in our lives, a mysterious condition for few?

Is it really static and stable? Unchanging? Unvarying?

The commonest misconception we have of balance is that we consider it interwoven with immobility. Dead immobility.

Where we see immobility millions and billions of movements at the speed of light take place. Where we see disaster is a new birth, a new life, a new continent, a new volcano, and new creatures. Where we see blizzards and storms, thunders and flashes of lightning are spring coming, flowers blossoming, birds nesting.

If we examine life closer and with a forgiving and comprising attitude, then we will realize the beneficial reverse of reality.

We must adopt a strong position: setbacks are opportunities hidden.

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Our duty is to reveal them.

Balance is the procedure towards this revelation and the revelation itself.

It's not a standpoint. It's progress.

There is no limit or an end.

You have to move on.

Every virtue is or should be everywhere. It's never limited to one place, one situation, one special person, or one special condition.

Balance has nothing to do with some awkward equality. It's not a division that has to be accurate mathematically.

It is everywhere in nature and everywhere in our bodies.

And our body is a brilliant teacher. Just think about all the foods that you consume. All the different procedures, the thousands of chemical reactions, of hormones and substances that are constantly produced without our thought, without our intervention, without our conscious involvement.

Isn’t this magnificent reality absolutely balanced, almost all the time in our lives? And when it is disturbed by us or an external factor, the reaction -which we often name sickness- is it for our malfunction or for our good?

The way of nature, seems, to our ignorant eyes, violent. But it’s not.

We have much to learn, despite all this enormous paraphernalia that loads our life and our existence.

Language itself, (an inner ability of our brains, which is probably imprinted on us by birth in our DNA), has the internal quality of balance in its creation and function: syntax.

Contrasts are the core of balance.

Let’s remember the wisdom of the far East. Tao has included and described contrasts and balance in a powerful concept with a penetrating symbol: yin and yang.

The circle is divided not into two halves by a straight line but by a soft curve. They are black and white. Inside every part includes a smaller circle with the opposite color.

Every disaster brings the seed of later success. Every success can lead to destruction if we cannot listen not to the signs of an abstract and unjust deity, but to the rhythm of the world.

Balance must be an energetic approach to everything.

It demands delicate, but necessary actions. Movements, perhaps unnoticed to the untrained eye, yet absolutely crucial for our well-being.

It’s like driving. You cannot put your hands on the wheel and keep it there like two stiff pieces of wood. You have to move them.

Slightly, carefully, gently.

And here is the secret of balance. Not to be pressing on yourself or others.

But to be gentle.

Balance is not a situation; it is not static; it is not sky-given. It is more an attitude; it is more a gentle flow; it is more a pace we have to acquire.

It is not fixed, ready, or sold anywhere. It is the attempt at an alternative approach toward anything. It's a new look to the world.

Not the quick, frivolous glance. But the deep, inquiring vision.

Not the easily-disappointed, going-with-the-wind act of the immature. But the steady, slowly-but-efficiently proceeding action of the grown-up.

A leaf is starting its life in the spring as a small folded piece of soft cellulose. It then expands taking the shape nature has chosen for the specific plan, differentiating to every possible climatic condition. The arrays of the sun travel over 150.000.000 kilometers to touch it. The gentle breeze or the hardest storm moves it, shapes it, distorts, or even destroys it. If the tree judges as necessary, the leaf will fall before its time. If not, one day, during autumn, graciously, it will leave the branch, without noise, without fuss and it will swirl to the hospitable soil.

This is balance…


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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