Because the Sun is in the sign of Libra, I have been sitting with the concept of balance. (Libra is represented by the symbol of scales.) Balance always seems like such a good idea – something I desire – and yet seems so elusive. I feel like I am constantly striving for balance but rarely experiencing it, and I wonder, if it is humanly possible to find.
Thanks to Rick Levine, a talented astrologer and author, I have a new understanding of balance I wish to share with you.
During a recent master class via Astrology Hub, Rick Levine suggested that there are only two directions in which we can move: toward the center or away from the center. As I sat with this new idea, at least new to me, I experienced an alleviation of pressure which came from the following thought:
I do not have to worry about right or wrong, good or bad, rather I need to become intimate with my center.
This new orientation is a shift in perspective from “out there” to an internal center which reflects my values, my goals and my relationships. Knowing what I find worthy of holding onto and healing past wounds are important components to establishing a center. If I want things to feel different, if I want things to be different, then I need a center which is not hostage to old hurts or ineffectual beliefs.
I also realize that identifying a center is not enough – not if your goal is to feel balanced. To achieve that fleeting feeling of balance requires attention and dedication. Balance is not something we find once and then check off our list, rather balance is a constant state of flux which we seek, create and then lose.
This constant state of flux is not a fault, so please don’t be discouraged. We, humans, are dynamic creatures responding to a dynamic world. Because we are not static, neither is our center or our balance. I invite you to think of balance as something that we are continuously creating and appreciating.
If you have ever played on a seesaw, ridden a skateboard or surfed a wave, then you may have experienced the fun, and perhaps even the freedom, which happens when your body attempts to stay upright on a constantly moving surface.
Which is not to say that there won’t be times when seeking balance is difficult and painful – there will be times when it is hard. Staying curious is the antidote for the hard days as well as being open to change.
I invite you to create a daily practice in which you seek your center and notice how close or far away you feel from it.
A great way to practice is to seek your center through your body. Try a balance pose from yoga, like Tree Pose, or if you are feeling daring, try standing on skate or hover board. Notice how your body weight is constantly shifting so you won’t fall down: a true sign that we are not static beings!
If you are ready to take it to a deeper level, then get your journal and spend 5 to 10 minutes answering the question: “What do I find worthy of holding onto?” Avoid editing or overthinking. Simply put pen to paper and write until the time is up. You may be surprised by what flows out of you when you just let the pen move across the paper.
Finally, I encourage you to be kind to yourself.
We all have different reasons for moving away from our center. Some times we move away from the center to explore and other times it is unconscious: both actions are part of being human.
As the Sun moves through the sign of Libra, I hope you will play with and seek your center. Create a daily practice to help you pay attention to how close you are to your center and what you want to do about it. Drop me a note and let me know what you discover. I’d love to hear from you.
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.