By Aoife Delaney
HEALTH & WELL-BEING:
Harmony is the New Balance
Harmony is the New Balance
By Monica Graves
Would you be willing to join me in the complete abolishment of the B word?
You know the one I’m talking about.
The still point. The vacuum. The ‘perfection’ that exists only in a world of zero movement, zero opposition and total suspension of space and time. The ever-elusive, nearly unobtainable… Balance.
Yes, it is an important universal principle. I mean, where would gymnasts, accountants and stone stackers be without it? But when we assign Balance as the ultimate destination of our well-being journey, we’ve set off in the wrong direction right from the start.
Our lives are not a still point.
They are a constantly evolving collaboration of dynamic exchange.
Every breath that we take, color that we see, sound we hear, activity we engage, relationship we participate in, weather pattern we are subjected to, conversation we entertain… every single thing we ever do or decide not to do… it carries a unique vibration. It creates a unique imprint. An influence. A shift in our state of being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. No matter how subtle or extreme.
We are merely – miraculously! – a collection of all the vibrations that we allow into our life experience. Sometimes those vibrations harmonize beautifully together, and we are filled with positivity, pleasure, purpose, presence. At other times in our lives, the combinations are totally off-key, and we encounter dissonance, dissatisfaction or even disease.
This is the ebb and flow, the cosmic dance of being human. Harmony.
Our job is not to suspend ourselves in zero gravity so that nothing ever affects us. Rather, our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to playfully act as the composer of our very orchestra. To get curious and become hyper-aware of exactly how things do affect us.
How does it sound, how does it feel, if I add a little more mindfulness? A little less of a certain relationship? More structure? Less screen? More adventure? A little less sugar? A little more wine?
We experiment and then we take control, consciously choosing the right combination that makes us dance and sing and come alive.
While the unique harmony is different for each of us, there are certain elements that ALL orchestras need. So if you’re new to the whole “being a composer” thing, I recommend starting with more before you worry about less.
Experiment with incorporating practices of deep breathing, meditation, gentle movement, conscious communication, sensory healing, connection with nature, and exploration of the heart.
I’m infinitely and insatiably passionate about providing experiences of these practices for individuals, organizations and communities because, over and over again, they have been scientifically (and soulfully!) proven to make us vibrate higher and resonate deeper.
All it takes is three deep breaths and you’ll feel it for yourself.
Start small. Start there. And let the rhythm move you towards a renewed sense of health, well-being, harmony and wholeness.
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