“Balance: Hold a point of steadiness and moderation.” I find moderation challenging at times. Some commitments trigger a compulsion to overdo it, to give 110%, to leave nothing in the tank. Unfortunately I tend to discover imbalance after the fact, when other parts of my life get neglected. For example, after a year of assisting my mother, I realize yet again I need to return to moderation. Crises I can manage. My greater challenge comes in releasing crisis mode after the urgency subsides. Moderation calls me back to myself, to return to what sustains me. Likewise steadiness invites a consistency, an equanimity, the epitome of take it as it comes. Moderation and steadiness rarely arise during crises.
“Find a point of equilibrium and peaceful coexistence in the midst of change.” Change tests your balance point and fluidity. If you’d like a sense of your grounding, ask someone to stand facing you and physically test you by gently pushing your upper body from side to side alternately pressing each of your upper arms. They can then test your front to back steadiness alternating gentle pushes on your upper chest and back. Your body reflects your mental, emotional, and physical states. When wobbly, you must return to center, to what keeps you upright.
Balance embraces the polarity of opposites. Balance pairs include inhale and exhale, light and dark, give and receive, work and play, listen and speak, spend and save, keep and release, start and finish, open and close. Via balance you find right timing and proportion so you can choreograph your life to reflect your soul identity and purpose.
Many Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) Japanese acupressure flows support balance. Flow, balance, and harmony represent the core of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the basis for healing and wholeness. See the partial list of balance JSJ self-helps below.
|Type of Balance||Self-Help (SEL or Organ Function Energy)|
|Body/Mind/Spirit||2nd Depth: Lung, Large Intestine, 5-15, ring finger|
|Everything (structural, hormonal, breathing, crossed hands on the 6’s help with vertigo/dizziness)||6|
|General||8, 12, 25|
|Mental/Emotional||13, Stomach, Gallbladder, Bladder|
|Muscles||4th Depth: Kidney, Bladder, 23, index finger|
What knocks you off balance? How do you restore your balance?
*The balance quotes come from The Original Angel Card Book – Inspirational Messages and Meditations by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake.