I remember taking a walk along windy Crissy Field in San Francisco when I stopped to take in something miraculous. No, I’m not talking about the breath-taking view of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out from the fog. I’m talking about the “rock-stacker” or “rock-balancer”, as he is referred to by the locals. Bill Dan has been defying gravity (or what it appears) with his ability to perfectly balance rocks on top of one another without glue, magnets, or any other assistance. He has an innate sense of creating balance by the shapes and sizes of rocks found alongside the water. It’s as though they are suspended by a force coming from the sky.
It got me thinking about balance. In the theory of the balance of nature, it states that our ecosystem is usually in a stable equilibrium. And when a change occurs to a particular parameter, the system will attempt to correct itself to restore its balance. Think about what happens if you stand on one foot. Unless you lean toward the other side and right yourself, you will fall. It’s like Newton’s Third Law of Physics: “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. In our worlds, we are all trying to maintain some level of balance – whether it is with work and play, calories ingested vs. calories expended, inner peace and outer noise, we all want to restore our equilibrium. Just as the above rocks will fall if not in alignment, we will tip toward one end of the spectrum if we don’t equally feed our souls when we feel emotionally or physically depleted.
This weekend and week ahead, think about what you need to restore your balance. Do you need to commit to exercising your mind and body at a certain time each day? How about trying a new, healthy recipe? Maybe you need to reward yourself with a massage or pedicure. Or, perhaps, you just pause and take note of the people in your life that love and support you. We may not always feel like the perfectly, balanced rocks that Dan stacks, but we can certainly create a shift in our spirits.
Deepali’s piece of wellness: Sometimes, taking a moment to reflect on what is good in your life may be all that you need to create some balance. Remember to be grateful.