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    #4500604 - 08/05/05 05:32 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I believe the concept of balance may be misleading. The more I tried to find balance, the less balanced I would feel. Through experimentation, I have come to believe that balance, rather than being something you can GET to, is more like the center post of a teeter-totter. We can tip this way and that way, changing the "weight" or focus of our lives, knowing that the center will hold.

The composition of this "center" is the lifetime of spiritual work: defining beliefs and values, trial and error, loving and hating, connecting and disconnecting. We fortify the center each time we learn and grow, and thus increase the resilience of our lives to being "out of balance."

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Re: Balance [Re: Veritas]
    #4500612 - 08/05/05 05:38 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

balanced : separating



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Re: Balance [Re: Veritas]
    #4500613 - 08/05/05 05:39 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

This idea is slowly dawning on me. :sun:

"Don't believe everything you think". -Anom.

" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
Ecclesiastes circa 350 BC

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Re: Balance [Re: Icelander]
    #4500811 - 08/05/05 06:40 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Balance isn't forced. It is impossible to walk a slackline with a rigid body.

Live by the foma that make you brave, and kind, and healthy, and happy.

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Re: Balance [Re: orechron]
    #4500915 - 08/05/05 07:16 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)


orechron said:
Balance isn't forced. It is impossible to walk a slackline with a rigid body.

Nice visual added to the post!

Veritas, I started replacing the word "balance" with center. My center point may be your end of the teeter totter and not the fulcrum of yours.

The word balance can yank us off our personal center when we start comparing values "rights and wrongs" with those of others.

Someone else's ceneter point of balance may be where I drop down hard away from mine or fly up fast and away from mine if I adopt it to be in their favor and not what I feel is in mine.

If you use the concept of balance, just apply it to the weight of your own values.

Adopting someones else's "right" side or "wrong" side value may be wrong for you and throw you off your natural personal center.

When we move ourselves around we stay in our own center naturally. When we allow ourselves to get pulled and pushed around by others is when we loose our center of balance.

Just what I found in my own experiential experimentation. :heart:

Ahuwale ka nane huna.

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Re: Balance [Re: Veritas]
    #4500972 - 08/05/05 07:30 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

As always, I must relate these concepts to racquetball.

Balance is a word I frequently use with my students. It implies being able to move quickly in any direction in response to your opponent's shot selection. It is a slightly wavering looseness.

Being centered is a term I use after you have moved to where you want to go and are now set up for your shot. To get maxium power one must be throughly rooted to the floor (earth).

I see the former as potential and the latter as actualization.


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Re: Balance [Re: Swami]
    #4500987 - 08/05/05 07:34 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Yes, I learned a similar technique during my years as an actress. Being "on center" meant that your weight was balanced evenly, feet shoulder-width apart, arms loose and your sides, and knees slightly bent. If shoved by another actor, you would move but not fall. We would demonstrate how difficult it was to regain your balance when shoved while rigid or unevenly balanced.

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