There is a family of aerialists known as the Flying Wallendas. They’ve performed in traveling circus acts for over 200 years as acrobats and more recently as high-wire artists. They perform these incredible 3 level pyramids on the wire without a safety net. This takes serious balance!
Balance is so important to living a happy and healthy life. To balance a scale, you put equal weight on each side. To balance our lives, we need to give equal weight to each part of our life. If we focus too much on work, and not enough on home or family life, we become unbalanced. If we over-focus on family and not enough on ourselves, we’re unbalanced again.
We also need to balance the energies that we allow to flow through our energy body. In a post about Chakra Meditations, I mentioned the importance of giving equal attention to each chakra so that you do not release too much energy of one type or another. In our society, there is a tremendous focus on sex and (will) power, which involve the second and third chakras respectively. So, we need to balance that out with a conscious focus on the heart for love, and the third-eye for wisdom.
We also need to balance the energy we pickup from our physical environment. I spent the holidays out in the mountains of Vermont. The quiet and peacefulness of the place on both a physical and energetic level reminded me that I’ve got to get out of the City more often! However, if I lived out in that wilderness, it would be just as important for me to go into the (big) City often too. Too much weight on either side of the scale causes imbalance!
The key to balance is not losing it in the first place! And so, we need Mindfulness to keep track of what is going on inside so that we can make small, immediate adjustments in our life to keep us up on that high wire.