Are you tending to your garden of balance as the New Year unveils itself? Are you feeling anxious about 2013, or relatively tranquil? Maintaining balance is the goal for all of us whatever circumstances present, and I mean whatever! Long lines, broken appliances, broken hearts, thoughtless words, hold on no matter what as it is you who have control of the situation. When anger rises, or panic sets in, none of us do our best if we regress to lower vibrations. Balance is key.
How do we achieve balance? Well, it is a practice each and every day. Meditation is a great way to begin, and meditation can start right where you are right now. It need be nothing complicated, close your eyes and listen to your breath as you inhale and exhale. We practice meditation to keep ourselves in balance when things conspire to do otherwise in our busy lives. We must tend to our garden in order for things to grow, and just like the rich soil plants thrive in, our soul needs to be in balance in order for us to thrive. It is a balance to maintain our imperturbability amid awareness of the unbearable suffering in the world. Where do we begin? Ram Dass says, “Right here, right now”. He further states “we look around and find a way to engage our hearts and hands with the suffering in the world around us. And, at the same moment, we set about cultivating a more reflective state of mind through giving ourselves quiet moments for meditation, for study, for contemplation”. These are the things we must cultivate in our garden soil in order to achieve balance.
If you fail, which you will because of the human condition, get up and attempt to establish balance once again. Having failed many times, often lost at sea like Homer, I can attest to the beauty of coming to the here and now again and again. There is no shame to begin again, there is no judgment in any of it as it all happens right here, right now. A favorite author, Joan Didion, sums it up best in the following, “I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”
So get it at while you can, right here, right now and begin to find your balance in order to live your life with the greatest joy. We know not what the next moment brings to our lives, so savor this moment, plant your garden and water it daily.
“Evermore in the world is this marvelous balance of beauty and disgust, magnificence and rats.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson