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Unlearning Balance

by | Jan 31, 2021 | Journal | 0 comments

Bodies are problematic if you’re hooked on the drug of stability. The moment we put something in, something else needs to come out. We eat, we have to poop. We inhale O2, we have to release the CO2. The list goes on.

Textbooks tell us that the body is geared toward homeostasis, but most high school biology classes don’t have enough time to teach what’s really going on. Lucky us: Ayurveda has that covered and it only takes a few hundred lifetimes to master. But considering that beneath all these tissues we’re nothing more than eternal spirit, we’ve got time.

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Let’s make a notch on our primordial bed posts by redefining what balance means when it comes to the body. Move away from the idea that the body is able to reach some kind of unmoving point where we *finally* get things right and toward something much more expressive.

Animals are messy, unlike robots (and robots need maintenance too). Even in death our bodies are sharira, or “that which is always changing.” So balanced health is a dance to a song that is constantly changing. It’s more fun if we think about it like a party instead of a race. When we stop worrying about if we’re doing it right and just play, we can get some pretty good moves.

Start looking at balance like it’s a marble on a sheet of ice, and suddenly it becomes doable.

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