Balance (in everything) is Dynamic
This frigid morning, warming hands on a steaming mug of tea, thoughts wander over the roller coaster of the past 6 months. More a review of the major events and circumstances than minutia of detail, musings lead to reflections on responses, both initial and long term. Ranging from very personal to family, to community and world at large. Looking at the patterns emerging brings some small measure of appreciation, and perhaps, a larger measure of concern.
How do we, collectively, respond to a whirlwind of stressors? How do I, individually, experience a first knee jerk response? How quickly does a more rational response occur? Where does the response become stuck in an habitually inefficient pattern of tangled emotional reactivity? How is this reflected in my body?
Opportunities have been abundant during this recent time, for walking my talk. Finding the path of least effort, greatest efficiency and inner quietude. No, it has not been easy. Sometimes the fatigue of persistent physical discomfort has worn resilience thin. It is evident, in my own responses as well as those of my family, my community, and the world at large.
We teeter, out of balance, emotionally and psychologically exhausted, between compassion and irrational self preservation. We do not live in a vacuum. Any of us. And whatever effects one effects all. Just as in our body systems. All interconnected and interrelated.
Increased environmental agitation calls for increased time in reducing neurological reactivity. Accessing a pathway to quiet ready condition, avoiding unnecessary vigilance and hypervigilance of nervous system activity. What do we know about how to do this? What have we learned that is readily applicable? Do we understand and practice a soft belly? Balloon breathing? Considering gravity as an ally in soft tubes filled with wet sand?
These practices are simple. Immediately available, and easy to both learn and practice. These are tools I use daily to maintain the greatest balance possible during times of unbalanced circumstances. Balance is active, dynamic, in all its forms.
Wishing you balance as this year closes and a new one approaches.