Mindfulness, being present, letting go of habitual reaction patterns, and reframing – all concepts that are meant to get you on a path of Instinctive Health. And along with flexibility, these tools help to keep you remaining in or returning to balance within – so that your actions can be balanced.
In my blog Create Balance Now I wrote about paying attention to the experience of intuition versus fear or habit reactions and how those experiences sound and feel different in your mind and body. If you remember, fear or habit reactions are loud and push to the forefront of your brain and feel instantaneous, and intuition is quiet, sort of in the background of your brain and you can easily ignore these latter physical and cognitive experiences.
I suggested that you pay attention to the quiet intuitive experiences making real efforts to focus on these and follow through with them. And I also suggested that you question the fearful, strong, loud, habit reactions – to try to get yourself into a more balanced perspective of yourself or of a specific situation.
Focusing on these quiet impulses and ignoring the loud habitual reaction patterns opens the possibility of finding balance within.
Balance is a spirit, mind, and body thing. It’s an intra-relational experience. I’m using intra – not inter because it’s happening within, not outside of you. In Chinese Medicine energy follows in a certain way from the most insubstantial to the least insubstantial. The most insubstantial is Shen or spirit, next is Qi – energy, then Xue or blood.
For our purposes, there is a relationship between spirit, mind, and body that is similar. It is also intra-relational, there’s a kind of feedback loop – and they can affect each other. To find balance or return to balance you can go at this structure in a number of ways.
Medicine in general attends to imbalance predominantly from a physical point of view. Psychology goes at it from a cognitive, belief system, mind point of view; and religion focuses on spiritual systems and imbalances. I think they are all important. Addressing any one of these alone, while useful will not bring about balance within the system.
In order to effect balance within all these must be addressed.
Using mindfulness, being present, flexibility, and letting go of the habitual reaction patterns we can review how we spend our days. Then we can connect with our instinctive knowing and attraction to health and focus on renewing our physical, cognitive, and spiritual instincts, creating balance within our eating, sleeping, exercising, thinking, relating, working, and rejuvenating, patterns.
To begin to find the balance within, or return to balance, do a review of your own internal systems: sleep/wake cycles, nutrition, breath, exercise/rest, work/learn/rejuvenation, prayer/meditation, group/individual time, and creative endeavors.
What are your patterns in each of these areas? Where do you put most of your energy? Where is your passion and your responsibilities? Where are you overbundled and where do you feel deficient? Where do you feel angry, sad, and happy? Are you expecting of yourself actions that are out of balance or out of sync with your internal character needs?
You can even think to earlier times in your life when you felt more in balance – what things are different now? Perhaps you were an athlete but you aren’t allowing that to have a place in your life now – perhaps you were an artist but now you have to focus on making money, so you don’t have time to draw or paint.
Think of it like a treasure hunt – you’re going to get clues that you’ll have to interpret and these will help you move along the path until you find the treasure of balance within.
See you tomorrow.