“What is joy without sorrow? what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”
― Mark Twain
Life begs for balance, both outward and inward. We see the proof of this in the natural world, in the wild kingdoms and in our own sacred spaces. We watch the animals migrate and move with the seasons, we watch as the flora responds to climate and we watch as the waters and winds change, complimenting the heat of the sun.
Little do we consciously attune to our own inner shifting, to maintaining our own spiritual balance.
And so we should..
In a mindful lesson we can learn that a balance is needed of both positive and negative forces. These are the great builders of life, mind and spirit. These are the compliments that shape our world.
About a months ago, as an exercise, I took it upon myself to create a routine of becoming mindfully aware of my thoughts as they arise. To my surprise, many of these thoughts were responses to fear, doubt and confusion. Many focused on the past, and more focused on the many possible versions of the future that I hope for.
Not many were based in the present moment at all, and as a result, many were negative, and this clouds the mind.
As part of the exercise I also began writing a gratitude journal, listing and contemplating on concepts and other intangible gifts that I’m truly grateful for having in my life, and in doing so, something magical happened.
I began to notice my thoughts, and consciously began to change them. Immediately, I felt the restoration of balance overcome my heart and mind. I began to feel the moments of gratitude that I wrote about in the present sphere, and I began to smile at the moment in understanding that it is truly perfect, always.
If we attune our effort to our present unfolding, to our inner feelings and our evolving thoughts, we then notice them as points of awareness. In doing this, we can change our experience. We can make the negative transform and balance with positive thought, and positive feeling.
This is the conscious effort to change. This is the way that we find our inner balance, our inner and outward harmony with the life that we share with one another.
We all have moments of unrest, of despair, pain and sorrow. We all have moments of confusion, anger and frustration. But these do not move us, they do not make us and they do not dictate our lives.
They are simply moments to recognize, accept and let go of. They are but tools to help us learn and teach us patience. These tools bring us to a greater understanding of our spirit, our passions and our true purpose.
They exist to create the balance that we desire, all acting as compliments to the greater truth that exists within us all. But it is up to us to make the shift, to create the balance within.
We must become mindful of these moments. We must understand that our power to see the darkness is just the same to become the light.
The choice is always ours.
Place this life on the scales of truth and gratitude, and you will move to the space within, to the higher vibrations of this world.
Build the balance within your heart, and watch this life shine with brilliance that never fades.
24 thoughts on “Compliments of Balance”
I love this- very clever post, reminding us of the necessity of balance in all things. There is so much negativity in the world – if more people could achieve inner balance the whole world would be a better place. It saddens me, the weight of cruelty and ignorance yet people cannot break the cycle, learn and move on. However, I found your post both moving and inspiring-thank you!
Thank you! And yes, it saddens me as well the amount of focus that is driven by fear and cruelty.. It only takes a moment to see the beauty of life.. I’m glad you enjoyed it 😊
A gratitude journal…. I like the sound of that! I suppose I may have to give that a shot myself. 😉
You should! I’ve found it to be a very centering and uplifting practice.. It really tunes you in and helps develop a sense of things that often go unnoticed. Hope all is well!
I’ve been feeling quite down lately and I really need to focus on the positive more. So thank you for this wonderful idea. I love the new look and feel of your blog and I’m always inspired when I visit here. Hope you’re doing well too! 😉
You’re welcome! Remember to take comfort in the gifts that you have, and all will be well. And thank you again ☺️ All the best to you..
Thank you for that wonderful reminder. I definitely will…. All the best to you too! 🙂
A wonderful post – a reminder to seek balance in all things. And I need to return to my gratitude journal. Thank you for sharing your thoughts – I needed to hear this message today.
Thank you! I’m glad that you found it helpful! All the best to you.. 😊
Excellent post, I needed the reminder. Work has stressed me to the max.
Thank you! Glad it helped out 😊
Your welcome 🙂 it did. It reminded me to be more mindful.
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Absolutely “Perfect” for me to finally read, reflect and relish in as confirmation of the choices I have learn to make in my own daily perceptions of each moment and my ability to allow it to show me its best!!
What a wonderful inspiring and motivating post. I’m glad I ended up here, how I don’t remember. Thanks for this, it’s exactly what I need right now!
Thank you! I’m happy you found this helpful ☺️ All the best to you!
I believe that the most successful and happy people in life are those who understand balance