“Typically in order to bring balance to our system, we need the opposite of what we’ve been immersed in.” _ Karen Horneffer-Ginter in Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit
Often it is the simplest sentence that brings me up short while reading. Horneffer-Ginter’s statement above is very simple. If you are off kilter, do something to swing the pendulum back.
But, not just anything. The opposite of what you were doing.
What I do in Silver & Grace is very much head space work. I am constantly thinking, be it writing articles, teaching workshops, facilitating intuition shares, or interpreting my visions. If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would also be designing and creating jewelry, I would have laughed myself silly. But, since starting Silver & Grace, Touchstone Designs has become a critical component of my balance. Yes, there is thinking involved in the design, but then it is purely physical as I assemble the chainmaille loops.
So, if I know that about myself, why did this simple quote bring me up short?
Because I realized that I don’t apply this awareness to other aspects of my life.
For example, when the bitter Canadian cold weather sets in, I am no longer out running or working in my garden. I get listless and off kilter. No kidding. I am immersed in inactivity.
In past winters, I just hunkered down and begrudgingly accepted this listlessness. This winter, I realized I need to offset curling up in front of the fire with activity. I gave myself the goal of doing shadow boxing and Pilates to prepare myself for pole fitness classes in the spring.
Guess what? No winter listlessness!
Now whenever I feel off kilter I will figure out the direct opposite activity that needs to occur to bring me back to centre.
What sets of opposite activities do you need in your life to keep you balanced?
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