A QUICK BALANCE CHECK

In MINDFULNESS by Erik Pema Kunsang

It’s often a dilemma to find a balance in what we do and in our attitude to life.
Too much structure and fixed behavior can make life really boring.
Too much flexibility can make us unstable and in doubt.
The solution is to find a balance point. Here is a simple way.
Notice how it is. Your own embodiment.
Are the muscles too tense or too loose?
Check the entire body, from head to toe.
Look and be honest.
It’s only between you and yourself. It’s safe!

Check not only the body, but also your mental attitude.
Is it too opinionated or distracted?
Fixated on an inner high?
Or hoping for something yet to come?
Observe with awareness and be honest.

If there is tension or seriousness, simply notice it.
Allow it to be.
Then release it into an atmosphere of gentle openness.
After a while, repeat the balance check again.
Notice the result: a more calm and sane version of yourself.

About the Author
Erik Pema Kunsang

Erik Pema Kunsang

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Translator of ancient Buddhist scriptures, author, bridge-builder to modern life, Buddhist teacher & meditation instructor. Board of director at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications and LEVEKUNST art of life. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author. Erik's website & retreats.

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