In the Chakra Dyana Meditation that I teach, we focus on the root chakra as our grounding force. The color that we envision is red and the sound we chant is lang. The root chakra is vital to our balance.
When I train with my personal training clients, a huge focus is on balance. We may stand on one leg, or put a ball under our backs when we are on the ground....whatever is appropriate.
This kind of training is instrumental in gaining core strength and is so beneficial in gaining confidence to do every day activities (ie. stepping over that curb in the parking lot or jumping over that lego on the carpet).
Balance in physical training is so representative of how we need to find balance in our emotional, spiritual bodies as well.
Life is always throwing me curve balls. I need to try to remain as balanced as I can so I can react to the changes, whether everyday small changes or large life changing ones.
Whether it's a death in the family or buying the winning lottery ticket (I wish), sometimes you just never know what's coming down the pike. It helps so much to stay as strong yet flexible as you can.
Working on our balance allows us to navigate the challenges of life more effectively, with less stress and more resiliency. Not only are we able to avoid the pitfalls(or at least react to them more gracefully) but even when we fall our ability to recover quickly is improved as well. The amount of time we stay down is shorter.
When I had my knees replaced, it was a huge advantage that I had been working out so much up until the time of surgery. When one of my parts was out of whack the rest of me was strong so I could manage better.
This is called balance. But emotionally/spiritually balance can work in the same way. If we take time to strengthen our spiritual self we will be confident in knowing we can get back even if we do go off our path.
The time in between our downs in our spiritual selves (why am I here? what's the point? kind of questions) can get shorter and shorter the more we pay attention to our spiritual strength.
Whether it is meditation, prayer or enjoying a sunset - use what tools work for you to get centered and maintain your own spiritual balance as best you can in an ever changing world.