(that is my 11 year old daughter doing tree pose on a slack line)
Balance may not be something you think about very often.....until you lose it. Because of my choices and because my children are still fairly young when I think of balance I think more about the mental steadiness and emotional stability than bodily equilibrium. Balance in my life means that my children, my husband, my students and myself are all being given the same amount of attention. Guess how often that happens? Almost never! Thankfully I am surrounded by understanding and supportive human beings. If I had a nickle for every time a yoga teacher told me that my balance postures in class and the balance in my life are closely related I would have at least enough to buy a small island. Not to mention if I had a nickle for every time I have said that. Is it a true statement? I cannot say if it is true for you. It is for me. For me it shows up less in the physical posture and more in the mental conversations I have with myself. The two are not unrelated. This weekend I went camping with my family and some friends. We canoed and kayaked and slack lined. Balance was equal parts challenging and awesome. Even when I didn't get it right. This week, try balancing somewhere more challenging than your yoga mat. A rock, a kayak, a slack line. Then try somewhere that is mentally challenging. Work, a mall, your kids messy bedroom. See what happens. See if you can be steady in an unsteady world. Peace!