What balances and centers you?

Someone doing yoga with the Dead Sea in the background
Dead Sea yoga by Ian Bothwell from flickr Creative Commons

 

A couple of years ago, I took a yoga class from the self-proclaimed “least flexible yoga instructor ever,” which gave me comfort since the friend I took it with might as well be Gumby.
During balance moves, the instructor (who also admittedly struggled with balance) told us the trick was to focus on some unmoving point to maintain balance. The more I practice yoga, the more I find this to be true. If I focus on another student and they start to falter, so do I. But if I pick something unmovable, such as a mark on the floor or the base to a stand of weights, my ability to balance increases significantly.
One particularly insightful morning last week, I was finishing my karate circuit training workout with some yoga and it occurred to me that, within this simple yoga rule is a powerful life lesson: if we focus on things that center us, we have a better chance of staying balanced.
This could be major truths, which in my life include the existence of God, faith in humanity, the need for hope, etc. But it could also be things like family, friends, children. It could also be moments, such as a warm breeze making the leaves on the trees sing with it’s presence.
Whatever it is, take a few moments today to contemplate what centers and balances you in your life.
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