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.