I've written a lot of blogs on the subject of balance over the years. I even used to publish a magazine with the subtitle "The Art of Living in Balance." But it wasn't until recently, after seeing a definition of balance that blew me away, that I've realized what balance truly means. I mean, everyone is looking for it! But how can you really find balance if you don't know what it is or what it looks like? For the first time, I've found a definition that completely makes sense, and it gives almost a mathematical formula for what real balance is.
I found the definition in a book Rodale is publishing; it's due to hit bookstores on Monday, November 9, 2015 (that's today, for some of you). It's called Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth.
I don't want to spoil the surprise of Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth -- except to say that in my humble opinion, it truly is a great book. But I am going to quote from it here and just say that the actual source of this information is part of the great mystery of life:
Throughout life, each person must balance what is given with what is taken; what energy is expended with what is conserved; what resources are depleted with what is replenished.
If you are in service to others, energy that is expended in helping humanity must be replenished through sleep, rest, and self-loving activities that rebalance and restore the mind, body, and spirit. If the gifts of love and service are given without a solid foundation of balance, then ultimately, the mind, body, and spirit will grow out of sync with each other. It is for this reason that many nurses, doctors, healers, health care givers, counselors, and therapists fall ill or are stricken with disease themselves. Their actions have created an imbalance. Too much has been depleted, too little restored, and the physical body is sending a clear message to the mind and spirit that this imbalance must be corrected.
By paying attention to balance, each person can lead a full, generous life. By widely using what is given energetically and then restoring personal balance, you can claim full power without having to pay an unnecessary price.
So... consider it your duty and responsibility to take care of yourself as much as you take care of others. To replenish what you deplete! And read the book. It's really interesting!