Balance (in all things)

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Magdelene Nashira replied the topic: Re: Balance (in all things)

Wow!  A lot of very helpful ideas here!  Am glad I came back to this.  One thing that really hits my target today is the idea that I can't be perfectly everything.  I re-read Tai-Da's post, and I'm thinking my main area that I have trouble with is the physical training.  This battle has been going on my whole life and lately I have been thinking it makes me a poor excuse for a Jedi.  However, I think I've let that cloud my mind to my other potential.  My strong point is in writing and in recognizing spiritual concepts and realities.  I realize today that I shouldn't just throw that away because of my weakness.  I think we are perhaps designed that way on purpose so that we have purpose in interacting with each other.  We are encouraged to help each other in this way.  So today I decided to pick myself up, dust myself off, and forget about myself and see what I can do to help others.

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." - Kurt Cobain
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Kol Drake replied the topic: Re: Balance (in all things)

Hi Magdelene !

Yes, no one is perfect (no one in the last couple of centuries).  But, being the imperfect beings we are does not make us 'less' then what we can dream to be.  The most sucessful people are those who face their 'weaknesses', accepts the fact, and then finds ways to use or overcome the obstacles of the 'weakness' and grows far beyond the 'limits' of any imperfections.

We all have times when darkness falls upon us and makes us think 'this is foolish' or 'impossible', etc.  Outside, negative influences and self doubt can paint a very bleak picture of Life, faith, and futures.  Luckily, there are people and places one can always go to get inspiration  -- be it secular, religious, or a nudge from the Force... it is all good.

I have enjoyed your website and blog entries and hope to see more in the future.
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Jax replied the topic: Re: Balance (in all things)

I think that's key Mags - don't let your weaknesses overshadow your strengths.  The Jedi path is long because of weaknesses, but we advance the path by utilizing our strengths as we go along.  I'm glad you have discovered this for yourself, I'm sure it will help you move forward. :-)
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A bit of a 'bump' to subject which has come up (again) lately --

More than ever, the world constantly tries to throw you out of balance and sometimes no matter what you do you still feel like your life is going in the wrong direction. Balanced living might seem like one of those theoretical terms that nobody can put into practice BUT, the truth is, there is nothing simpler than living a balanced life.

Just like so much else in a Jedi's life, It will take some work at first. The nice thing is, once you get in the 'flow' and discover the simple ways to steer your life in your desired direction you will feel empowered. You will be inspired and energized by every day of your life. Your life will be full of amazing adventures and events that will make every day memorable. You won’t be wasting your life anymore or spending gloomy hours contemplating about the misfortunes that might have happened on your way.

Does balanced living mean that your life will be full of only positive people and events that will bring you happiness every moment of your life?
D'uh.... not even.

As many have touched on around the forum, balance is NOT about 'perfect, stationary balance'. That is being 'static'; locked in stasis.... no growth, no change, no real energy and NOT a way to live a life. Good 'balance' is more like a pendulum swinging back and forth -- the 'trick' is finding ways to keep the pendulum from swinging TOO far one way or the other.

Here's some cliches which are still pretty 'true' -- Balanced living is when you can always offset any negative events in your life with positive ones. It is also when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Balanced living is when you are happy working and playing equally. If you picture happiness and everything great in your life as a diamond, then any negative things that may happen are just the setting that makes this diamond shine only brighter.

Back to reality. :P

If you want to live a balanced life then there are 5 essential habits that you need to develop. And, surprise! This is stuff we've been talking about at the IJRS for more than a decade.... so, its me being Captain Obvious in pointing these things out. (again)

Awareness and mindfulness.
Awareness is the key to balanced living. This lets you see every moment of your life and appreciate it. A mindful Jedi lives in the present and does not get obsessed with the future or the past. (That does not mean you ignore or forget it -- you study it; learn it; store it for reference but... don't obsess over it) It is important to plan for the future and learn from your mistakes in the past. It is even more important to appreciate who you are right NOW and find joy in this state. When you are aware of this moment you are calm and you do not make any decisions that you might regret later. When you are mindful you are in balance with the universe.

Appreciation of your body.
By “appreciation” I mean taking care of your body. The first 'gift' you ever got was your body. As a gift, you should take care of it -- which boils down to making healthy choices in life, exercising and being generally active, eating a balanced and healthy diet, letting your body rest when it’s tired and pampering it every once in a while. Let's face it, our bodies are the tools that let us experience so many wonderful moments in life and we need to do our best when taking care of these 'meat bags'. Clearly, balanced living is not possible without a balanced body.

Creativity.
Life is all about choices and challenges. Every day. Big and small. Easy and difficult. If you approach each of your challenges with creativity then your life will be filled with adventures and opportunities. Conversely, if you turn off your creativity, then your life will turn into torture. Creativity is a wonderful tool that lets us turn our dreams into reality, turn play into work and work into play, and enjoy life even when it seems empty.

Patience.
With patience, a Jedi can overcome almost anything. Without the ability to be patient, we can end up ruining almost anything. Patience can help us turn our dreams into reality -- losing weight, starting a business or blog, finding a mate or a home. Patience can help us be better parents, spouses, friends and even strangers (sometimes a smile from an understanding stranger can make the biggest difference when you are having a bad day). If you are patient you do not have to worry about the minutes spent in traffic or in the line at the grocery store. With patience you can see results in all your endeavors and you do not have to spend the precious time of your life getting mad or infuriated. Patience leads to mindfulness and mindfulness brings you in balance.

Simplicity.
Simplicity is probably the most important part of life balance. When you build your life around simplicity you reduce the number of out-of-balance things that can disrupt your happy living. This does not mean you toss everything in the trash and live in a cardboard box... super simple living. Reduce distractions (things OR people) and look at 'simple' ways to enjoy what you have instead of always 'wanting more'. In balance everything is simple. The pendulum swings from one 'extreme' to the other and back. The 'trick' is to find ways to live more in 'the middle'...

Simplify your work schedule so that you do not have to think about a hundred things at the same time.
Simplify your relationships by connecting with people you truly care about and getting rid of the ones you don’t.
Simplify your diet by choosing simple healthy ingredients that are part of balanced nutrition.
Simplify your social media exposure and enjoy living life and getting things done rather than wasting time online.
Simplicity makes life balance simple.

Living in balance CAN be easy and rewarding. Finding balance lets your life become one of joy, happiness and serenity. If you put some time and effort into turning your life into a balanced direction then you too will live a truly Jedi life.
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