On Balance 3
Balance is an active process of returning to the center. It’s not about being perfect each and every day but responding and paying attention. (Matt Myers)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Losing balance is inevitable.
Balance is not static. It’s a state of dynamic equilibrium.”
“We might think of balancing as embodied balance.
Every instance of losing balance is a beautiful opportunity.
Opportunity to practice recovering balance (Equanimity), to perfect your recovery protocol (and efficiency).
Opportunity to learn something about yourself, by understanding why you lost balance.
Every instance of losing balance is a rep(etition).
The more you lose balance, the more reps you get in.
The more varied you lose balance, the more adaptable you become.
Think of every instance of losing balance as a training session.
You will not remember most of the times you lost balance in a few days, or even the next day. Their value is in the moment. Be grateful for and make the most of every single one of them.
You can even start every session with a mantra, like:
‘This is what I train for!’ (Brain Johnson)
‘This is what I need!’ (Joseph Campbell)
‘This too is the Beautiful Game [<link; medium read].'”
“How do you measure progress?”
“By how fast you recover balance, and by the extent to which you can recover balance from any point.”