Good Evening, God
This illustration is from the book The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release you Body’s Own Medicine, Movement, Massage, Meditation, Breathing. The Chinese culture is still very strong on this. I remember being out for a walk in China and having an older Chinese lady take me in hand to improve my posture and my walking. It was amazing how clearly gestures and tone of voice can communicate. It was kind of a shock . . . but how good to have strangers “care” . . .to be in a caring community.
As I continue to ponder how best to care for myself — I now understand that BALANCE is at the core. Physical balance as in using the small muscles that help us maintain our balance. To strengthen those muscles my wonderful husband Kit and I start physical therapy at the end of August. But balance is much more encompassing than that!
Balance is not so much a goal to be achieved — as it is an ongoing process of regaining balance. Just as a sailing ship is never “on course” but always striving to return to its course. Seeing it as an ongoing process and not a static goal really helps me. Another help is a dawning awareness that I want to fill my day with more than will fit. Finding balance — isn’t about doing it all. What a counter cultural concept!
Another “new” idea to me is that my Body deserves that same consideration that my beloved family does. So obvious — but again, so counter cultural. Letting go of the “warrior mindset” of take that hill — no matter the cost — is an ongoing struggle. But balancing Doing with Being is opening up a new universe.
And, that is why, God, it is so important for me to begin and end the day with You.