Learning to hold the pain and the beauty of life is a balancing act and is also allowing these feeling to be felt at the same time. Not easy but important.
Balance isn’t boring, it’s really being present.
In the words of Lao Tzu and looking to nature for inspiration and balance.
Sometimes life feels like you are walking on a tightrope over the Grand Canyon without a net.
But what most of us don’t realize including myself, that we’re not that high off the ground. When we fall and we all do, it will hurt. And we have to learn to be with our pain, both of the heart and physical.
Learning from falling so we can find our balance seems a bit counter intuitive.
When I come to the plain white piece of paper, I start out similar to how I begin a meditation. First I follow my breath. Then I may choose a color depending on what’s on mind or in my heart at that moment.
When I hold my brush I try to make the brush an extension of my inhale and exhale as I paint. My hope is to always come to balance and calm, even if I am maintaining the tension of opposing feelings.
Today my thought was, “What does the color of calm and balance look like?” Maybe “balance” looks like the color of an inhale and exhale. For me the color of balance and calm is a shade of blue.
We’ve all heard the phrase, come to your breath. I think it means focusing on your breath to achieve balance and calm.
Being still, listening, and still listening. Staying with the pain that has been passed down and learning how to hold the space. Finding the precise balance between life’s daily heartbreaks and happinesses. The surest way to these things is to practice coming back to stillness daily.
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