Posts Tagged ‘balance’

135- Abundance, Excess and Enoughness

When we think about #abundance in nature, we picture an ecosystem in #balance – Thriving wildlife, ocean, and trees made possible by a stable, predictable climate.

But when we picture abundance through the lens of capitalism, we don’t imagine balance – we fantasize about excess. It’s all about the infinite growth of individuals with the ability to acquire whatever their heart desires whenever they want it.

But abundance and #excess are not the same.

An excess of water will drown a plant, while an abundance of water will allow it to #thrive .

To create abundance, we need to look beyond our desires and examine what “enough” actually means. Not just for ourselves but also for our relationships, environment, and communities.

ht: Conversation with Jeff Palmer

123- Balance is temporary

When I think of the word “balance,” I always imagine something in a delicate state of equilibrium.

Whether it’s a novice riding a unicycle, dancing on stilts, or holding a complex yoga pose, balance feels like a temporary state that requires constant attention, focus, and effort to maintain.

So when somebody says that they’re looking to find balance in work, life, spirituality, or otherwise, they’re using the wrong word.

What we’re striving for isn’t #balance but something more permanent. Like riding a bike, what we want is a state where balance becomes so ingrained into our sense of being that it no longer requires any energy to maintain.

What we want is integration.

It is the #integration of our values, habits, and relationships in a well-proportioned way. Balancing is for the moments in between, where we’re still testing things out to figure out what’s right for us.