Saturday, May 29, 2010

Revisiting balance

I received a comment on my recent blog post about sweat, talking about how important balance is and how without it you run the risk of injuring yourself. I couldn’t agree more as these older blog posts highlight:

http://supportweb.ciaops.net.au/blog/archive/2007/07/16/the-one-thing.aspx

http://supportweb.ciaops.net.au/blog/archive/2007/07/16/its-all-about-control.aspx

and

http://supportweb.ciaops.net.au/blog/archive/2007/07/16/your-greatest-strength-is-also-your-greatest-weakness.aspx

However most people don’t achieve balance without effort. If you try and stand on one leg and tie your shoe lace you are certainly going to have to do some work to prevent yourself from falling over. Everyday, in fact, your ability to walk upright requires a constant balancing act yet you do it so often that you don’t even realize you are doing it. Also, because you do it so often your body has developed a way to ensure maximum balance with minimal effort. That didn’t happen overnight, it took years and years of practice yet many time we forget that. Shouldn’t you be able to achieve the same ease of result with everything else? Not without putting in effort you won’t.

The key to balance is control as I wrote in an earlier blog post and control requires effort and discipline (i.e. sweat). In many ways control comes back to being a mental discipline because your mind controls just about every function of your body. Interestingly, one could also content that those who can’t control themselves are destined to be controlled by others.

Like a true Zen puzzle, there are many small pieces which individually they appear very simple. However as you start to interlock them you begin to discover that they actually interact and influence each other. Understanding the pieces comes first, getting them to work together is the challenge and only then do you achieve balance. Yet that all comes to naught without control.

If balance is the goal, effort is the way.