Sculpture by the Sea 2007.....quite a balancing act
Once again Caroline over at The Zen In You has inspired me, this time to create a WORD for the year, instead of a resolution. A word that will empower me through 2009.
I knew the word immediately, need to be empowered by it.... it is BALANCE! Do I ever need balance in my life. I would like to leave my unbalanced life behind in 2008.
I have been studying Philosophy for two years and will begin my third year at the beginning of February. It has been a wonderful journey so far and one of the subjects discussed at length is finding BALANCE in our lives.
The journey of life is like a balancing act. To stay upright, we need to maintain a balance between work and play, richness and poorness, asceticism and indulgence, and so on. When we are off balance, we stumble through the ups and downs in life without direction. With balance comes clarity, so that we can take the ups and downs in our stride.
The philosophy of balance can be found in many of the world’s religions, particularly the eastern religions. In Buddhism, there is the principle of the “Middle Way”. In Confucianism we have the “Doctrine of the Mean”. In Taoism there is the balance between yin and yang, and from Hinduism we have the concept of balancing your chakras.
Over the course of this year at the end of each month I will post my thoughts and journey on leading a balanced life......well that is what I am hoping will prevail!
Taking this journey with me but using their own words are:
Annemarie (So I Was Thinking)....Discipline.
Roban (Moments in Time).......Faith and Joy
Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish. [The Doctrine of the Mean, James Legge translation].