nurturing: balance


It occurs to me that already, since we've had the wii u, I've been nurturing a very important skill in my life: finding balance.

Even though I've been studying yoga and dance and meditating since I was a teenager, balance does not come easily to me. Not just physical balance, although that is particularly true (tree pose and I have fun times together), but balance overall. Wii Fit U is helping with this skill; practicing what is hard.

The ebb and the flow of the end of this year seems to be about finding my center in the here and now.
Which isn't a new practice in my life, so much as it is a noticing of how the physical part of this practice informs the rest of my life. As I get more balanced in my body, how do my emotions and thoughts ebb and flow in response? How can I further nurture this balance?

Noticing.
Practicing.
Nurturing.

Ebb and flow doesn't go away because of balance. The trick isn't finding some miraculously still point where you can stay forever (I don't believe that exists). The trick is staying balanced in the ebb and flow - the center of the movement, the continuation of the moment as it keeps going, time moving on, moment by moment.

Nurturing balance is about finding that center in the push-me-pull-me. Which changes, constantly, as the earth spins in space, the moon orbits the earth, the earth orbits the sun, the galaxy unfolds, and the universe expands.

Nothing stays balanced in place. Balance requires shifting, to stay with the present. Small shifts, or big ones, depending on the moment.
Right now I need to shift, to find my balance again. I'm not sure if it's a big shift or a small one, just that I don't feel centered right now.
And so that's what I'm nurturing right now, a shift towards balance.
Noticing.
Practicing.
Nurturing.
(Yes.)