Balance Is the Key

My posts are telling me I may be overextending myself.

Being “plugged in” is a joy, but it can take over your life.

Balance is the key. But how do you achieve it?

There are wonderful strategies: meditation, reading, having tea with friends, going for walks. I  do them all.

Just not often enough.

Seeing Yourself

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
………….~ Henri Matisse

The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law. Delicate line gathers the body’s total strength in a bold balance. Shall my soul meet so severe a curve, journeying on its way to form?
………….~Dag Hammarskjold

What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love.

Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago.

I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order.

It is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock. Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance.

Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart.

It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.
………….~ Leonard Cohen (from Beautiful Losers)

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About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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3 Responses to Balance Is the Key

  1. Sherri B. says:

    Achieving balance in life is such a challenge – it’s hard, isn’t it? Your image is beautiful, as are your quotes! They’re a good reminder to us all.

  2. Deb Sims says:

    My dear Carol friend,
    I am chuckling because you sound just like ME! I stopped recently and realized that meditation, reading, tea/coffee with friends, walking, dancing, Pilates,etc. is a long list and adds to the “busy-ness” and “overextending” for me. I am learning to really prioritize, choose and limit all the busy-ness to what is absolutely necessary and the activities that are really important and help me balance my life and accomplish my goals. I’m also learning to say no without feeling guilty and without excuses. Instead of trying to do everything and feeling overwhelmed I am doing less and doing it better with with calm intent. Some weeks I do more than others but always with focused intent to my goal–health, balance, time for my art, peace in my life. And of course some weeks I fall apart and go haring off in all directions but that’s part of the journey too. And some days I am perfectly content sitting with my coffee and a stack of art books wandering through my mind. Other days I spend the whole day with a dear friend who really feeds my soul and hears my heart song. I wish it wasn’t so far from Florida to Canada! Sending you big hugs. I am so grateful to have you in my life!

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