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Balance

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On one of the Yoga groups I belong to on Facebook, one of the members confessed her not being able to achieve health, and struggling with one issue or another. She told us about her efforts to get healthy again, but to no avail, and was asking for advice or similar experiences others have had.

It’s hard really, especially as one gets older, to achieve optimal health, and I think as one ages the only thing I could think about was to focus more on achieving balance.

Let me give you a personal example that has probably been experienced by many others. You have a great day in which you feel like superman, and you work hard and feeling like the energizer bunny. Of course, the following day you feel quite sore, and in my case I was feeling some back aches and pains.

I think life has to include some sense of balance. And health-wise, you have to avoid extremes and find the way to achieve that balance. If you work out too hard, you could find yourself not being able to work out with the same intensity for the next couple of days. At worst, you could injure yourself.

Diet-wise, it’s very important to achieve a personal balance to gain the nutrients your body needs without taking in too much food and getting fat. Being fat will add extra pounds and thus you have more weight to carry around. It’s important to have the right balance of fat to muscle ratio, which is something many of us struggle with, but the answer points to the foods that we eat.

Each individual has a different experience and has different needs. I believe there is no one true answer. For me, it was to take the vegan approach and my energy levels improved, and I began to crave healthier foods that made me feel great instead of eat junk and fast foods that satisfied the palate but didn’t properly nourish the body.

In the end, each person has to achieve their own state of balance and equilibrium.

For me, I’m finding a good balance within a vegan lifestyle that includes gardening and growing my own vegetables and flowers for aesthetic beauty. And there’s something about getting close to the earth and working with the soil that gives one peace of mind.

In the Yoga group this person claimed that she tried listening to her body but with no success. I think that listening to your own body include experimenting with a variety of different methods, foods, exercise routines, etc. to achieve that balance. It can take years to get back on track, and myself, I thought at one point in my life that I had chronic fatigue syndrome because I didn’t have the energy to get through the day.

In Zen Buddhism, they emphasize the ‘middle way’ or path, and I believe that has a lot to do with this balance we are trying to achieve in life. Balancing your own personal scale is important and it’s essential to avoid the extremes, which could cause a disruption in one’s life.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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