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Balance and Universal Awakening

Like pieces of a puzzle, the many different aspects of our being come together to form the person that we are. We work and play, rest and expend energy, commune with our body and soul, exalt in joy, and feel sorrow. Balance is the state that we achieve when all of the aspects of our lives and selves are in harmony. In the great symphony of life, we all have important parts to play. Some people are wholly suited to be conductors or soloists, but they cannot be seen at their very best without the contribution of individual musicians who add to the overall sounds of the orchestra. And just one member of that orchestra, doing less than their best at their particular part, can spoil the harmony of the melody. 

In order to achieve balance, we have to assess what is important to us. The many demands of modern life can push us to make choices that can put us off balance and have a detrimental effect on our habits, relationships, health and career. In creating a balanced lifestyle, we have to decide how much time and energy we are willing to devote to the different areas of our lives.

One way to do this is to imagine that your life is a house made up of many rooms. Draw this house, give each part of your life its own room, and size each room according to the amount of importance you assign to that aspect of your life. You can include family, solitude, activities that benefit others, healthy eating, indulgences, exercise and working on yourself. You may discover that certain elements of your life take up an inordinate amount of time, energy, or effort and leave you with few resources to nurture the other aspects of your life. You may then want to spend less time on these activities and more on the ones that fulfil you. 

A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures, as well as time to live well and in a gratifying way. With its many nuances, balance can be a difficult concept to integrate into your life. Living a balanced existence, however, can help you attain a greater sense of happiness, health and fulfilment.


"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." ~ Thomas Merton

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