BALANCE AND HARMONY
I don’t think there is a person on Earth who would reject the idea that balance and harmony are ideal situations for any living organism, and, for that matter, any planet or solar system or galaxy. The mental, emotional and physical states we experience are a direct result of how much balance and harmony we possess, or how much of these two traits we lack.
More and more researchers are discovering that emotional balance has a dramatic effect on physical and mental balance. Stress causes illness. I know. I have had to deal with illness that I know was caused by stress. And sometimes we simply take the stress for granted, and forget what it was like when we were completely at ease.
A sign at the Sonoma Ashram in Sonoma, California reads: “Nothing is worth losing your peace.” More and more I am finding that this is true. There is SO much out there that can grab hold of our peaceful state and make us crazy. Politics, the environment, schools, pollution, bad behavior, tragedies, domination by electronics, our children, their children, someone else’s children, noise. There is an endless list.
What is the remedy? How do we help the world? How do we make it better?
You might not like the answer, but it’s this: Start with yourself. Find beauty each day. Find a way to be kind to people. Be kind to yourself. Instead of being frustrated while waiting in line, or in traffic, use the time to simply be silent, and breathe. Be grateful wherever you are, for that moment. Keep your own energy as clean and bright as you can, and you will be one spot of light in the dark.
I know, I know – big deal. YES. IT IS. Because in doing this, you are being an example, feeling better about yourself and the world. And your light will radiate on others. It will make a difference.
A Quick Parable:
An old man walking along the beach littered with starfish after a storm came across a young boy who was tossing the starfish back in the ocean. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. The boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.
The old man laughed. “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and, turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
Get out there and shine, and create harmony around you. Guarantee it will make a difference. YOU will make a difference. And you will feel a difference.
Oh, come on – just try it! You know how sometimes you’re walking along smiling, and someone smiles back at you? That smile is a reflection of you.