For example, if we are concentrating our focus outside of ourselves on work at the computer in front of us, oblivious of the region within our bodies and the space behind, above, below, and to the sides, we will start to lean forward towards the machine, throwing ourselves off-balance in our chairs, and our heads/necks/bodies will become filled with tension. Or, if we are aware of pain in our heart, unaware of the space around the heart in the rest of the body, and of the space outside the body, we will tend to contract/ collapse inwards towards the heart-region, causing more pain.
What we need to do to regain balance is to first find the WILL to regain balance, then notice where our focus is, stop letting parts of ourselves get pushed or pulled in one direction to the exclusion of the other directions, and open up our minds and bodies to keeping all directions in balanced awareness together. Here are four simple steps for regaining equilibrium when you feel off-balance:
1. Can you be curious about your current state? Ask yourself: Am I happy and content here, in this un-balanced state? Do I want to stay in this state? Or can I find the will to bring myself back into better balance, knowing that a more balanced state will make me happier?
Give yourself time to consider...think it through. What do you really want? In which direction(s) do you really want to go? Would you really like to find a state of balance right here, now?
4. Choose to stop limiting your focus. Choose to expand your awareness to include all directions, finding a lively state of equilibrium between the inward and the outward. Are you now in a happier or more peaceful state than when you started? Now, you can choose to continue with this practice or go on to doing something else. If you choose to go do something else, you could first find the will to remember to practice this again next time you feel off-balance.
As you read through this article, did you become more aware of where your focus was directed? Did you become more aware of other spatial directions?
Did it help you feel a bit more balanced?
I'd love to hear about your experience with these ideas if you try them out!