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Today it seems we are stressed out, overworked, underpaid and sleep deprived. Balance gets thrown under the bus for productivity, efficiency, getting the job done. No wonder you seldom hear people talk about the value of balance in our everyday lives. Who even knows what it is? How does one find it? Or maintain it?
The truth is, all energy seeks to be balanced. It is a natural state of rest and ease. Even the term for the carpentry tool that is used to achieve balance is called a “level.” Could it be that balance in one’s life can produce a level playing field for the mind, body and emotions? The ancient healing sciences from the East, such as Chinese Medicine and Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda, are all big on treating disease and strengthening the human experience by bring the subtle energies that comprise life back into balance.
Relatively few people seem to understand how to create and nurture a balanced existence. But we all have attained the expert level in not being level. So what exactly is balance? It is an action, a state of mind and a perspective. Balance requires a “bigger picture” evaluation of priorities, an honest inner assessment concerning energy expenditure, and a willingness to implement appropriate boundaries.
Balance is really stopping to enjoy the flowers and the view, and not simply rushing by. Balance is arresting the “just one more thing to do” tyranny that keeps us up late at night. Balance is scheduling time for family and friends with the same commitment and single-minded focus you bring to a business meeting.
Oscar Wilde said, “…we know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” It’s a great definition of balance gone awry and a brilliant place to start valuing balance in your life.
Vaishali is the author of Wisdom Rising and You Are What You Love. She is also a national health & wellness speaker, Huffington Post Columnist and radio host of “You Are What You Love” on heard weekly at www.purplev.com Sunday 11-1pm PST in greater LA and Santa Barbara and on Contact Talk Radio Fridays 1pm-2pm PST and Tuesdays 9-10pm PST. Vaishali learned to transform her life from the threat of two terminal disease diagnoses, domestic abuse and financial devastation. Completely recovered, she shares her wisdom @ www.purplev.com or email email@example.com
As 2012 blazes forward, there are a lot of endings and ultimately new beginnings to embrace.
In his time Socrates was considered the wisest man alive. He was condemned to death in 399BC after losing his trial, and died from drinking hemlock. How Socrates died is equally as important as his life. When I say how he died, I am not referring to his actual ingesting of poison. I am referring to his attitude about death and dying. Socrates firmly felt that death is a journey to be embarked on with excitement, that it is inherently a positive and liberating event. A far cry from how we view death today. So frequently we of the modern more advanced age describe death as “losing a battle,” as succumbing, as a failure. We cannot just accept it; we must fight it to the very end. I wonder what Socrates would say about our age of enlightenment?
The Eastern healing sciences, Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, refer to death as the ultimate cure. A final culmination and resolution of all that ails one. I suspect this point of view is one that would bring a delicate smile to the face of Socrates. The notion that dying is as natural as being born, an action that can be embraced with as equal a mindset as living, is not common or popular these days.
I received the following email from a close friend recently, and it reminded me of the expression, “What would Socrates do?”
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It all started when I was in my mid twenties, with a small pain in the abdomen. Little did I know how this little pain would force me to make big changes in my life. The pain seemed concentrated in three points around the right ovary. It became most acute when I would bend over. The mystery pains gradually grew until they were bothering me all the time, regardless of posture or position. I did what most people would do when seeking to address something health related: I made an appointment with my doctor. He was a better listener than most doctors and took the time to do a physical examination. While examining the pelvis, he found that merely touching that area was enough to produce pain, so we agree to proceed with non-invasive testing. That started off simple enough: leaving bodily fluid in a cup, taking a blood sample, or an ultra sound test. (For you guys, it would be the equivalent of “turn your head and cough”.) Everything we tried was inconclusive.
Over the course of a year, the pain spread down the right leg and across the lower back. I pretty much just dragged my right leg around. My abdomen slowly swelled until there was a constant state of discomforting distention. My skin turned a pasty shade of gray with tiny bumps, the greatest concentration being on my back. I looked like a cross between Quasimodo and a heroin addict. Looking back on it now, I can understand that my skin looked this way because it was the only organ still detoxifying my entire body. I lived with a hot water bottle stuffed down my pants. It was the only thing I could do to help alleviate the non-stop pain that plagued the lower body. Due to my declining condition, my doctor suggested we try exploratory surgery. The best way to know what was going on would be to look directly into the body. The way I felt, I agreed.
My doctor and I discussed best and worst possible scenarios so that I would be prepared. The worst case would be that they might have to start removing organs. We still suspected if there was a problem, (if you could have seen me, that would have been a no-brainer) it would be centered on the reproduction organs. I was perfectly fine living without some or all of my reproductive organs… I didn’t need them to live. But I only had one heart or liver, and those I did need.
I clearly remember the moment I regained consciousness in the recovery room. My doctor would not make eye contact with me, and I was thinking, “This can’t be good.” He said, “I have some good news and some bad news. I’ll start with the good news. We did not take anything out; you still have all your organs.” “Great!” I was thinking, “What could possibly be the bad news?” “The bad news is that every organ from your stomach to your colon is in crisis.” He then took a quarter out of his pocket. “Your liver and small intestine are the worst. I could flip this quarter to determine which organ will shut down first, but most likely you are going to die from either the liver or small intestine shutting down, and I do not know why.”
Life Is Food
By Vaishali author of “You Are What You Love” and “Wisdom Rising”
What I love about the Eastern healing sciences is how they perceive and define life. They say that every one of our sensory organs is actually a digestive intelligence. Our eyes digest light waves so we can see. Our ears digest sound waves so we can hear. Our skin digests through touch. We are in fact a collection of digestive marvels. The reason for all this digestive action is because everything we see, hear, touch, taste, experience, think, and perceive is a form of food. These energies are non-physical forms of food that strengthen, sustain and nourish us.
So how can we apply this on a practical level? Here are two easy ways. The first is to remember that nothing that happens to you, nothing that you experience or relate to, is more powerful than you are. Everything is food. Thinking that your mortgage payment or health diagnosis is senior to you would be the same as believing the bowl of cereal you have for breakfast has more power than you do. The second is that you are designed to take in and absorb only what improves your life. Let the rest go for the waste it is. This means, for example, that if there is something negative in how you perceive your body image, or if how you think about that certain job search is not enhancing your existence, it is nature’s way of telling you it is useless, and you can let it go!
If you ate a five-course dinner and never let the waste go, you would probably be proactive in getting that toxic material out of your body. So it is with the entire human experience. Letting go of negativity – memories, perceptions, beliefs – is what it means to be healthy and balanced. Just a little wisdom to chew on.
Life Management Expert, Vaishali, is the author of “You Are What You Love”© and Wisdom Rising.” She hosts a weekly talk radio show “You Are What You Love”© on KTLK 1150am Sundays from 11am-12pm PST / 2-3pm EST and on Contact Talk Radio Fridays from 1-2pm PST/4-5 pm EST. Vaishali is a faculty member at The Omega Institute, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Radio Show and has been quoted on Oprah.com. Vaishali learned to transform her life from the threat of two terminal disease diagnoses, domestic abuse and financial devastation. Completely recovered, she shares her wisdom @ http://purplev.com/live_purple
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