“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.” ― Te Tao Ching
How Doth Your Pendulum Swingeth?
The dictionary definition of the word ‘equilibrium‘ is a state of physical balance and/or a calm state of mind.
It’s when opposing forces are in balance.
It’s great when we find ourselves on a high — experiencing supreme joy, love, happiness and elation. It’s really shitty when we hit rock bottom — experiencing doubt, anger, pain and fear.
The key to true happiness is somewhere in the middle.
An Uncomplicated Truth
Both states of joy or anguish are temporary. As Eckhart Tolle pointed out, ‘this too shall pass‘ — that phrase goes for anything you are experiencing the good along with the bad.
As much as we want something good to last or something horrible to pass, it’s soothing to know that the ‘normal’ or most frequent state of our being is always found in the middle — balance.
Happiness — that sometimes elusive emotion — is yours in that balanced state. You’ll also find peace, clarity and calmness hanging out there.
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Last week I wrote about patience (you can read that here: Why You Should Always Try Your Patience) — balance and patience go hand in hand. You can even enjoy patience because it’s the place you hang out when you are expecting your miracle to manifest. Being in equilibrium is much the same — it’s the space to be when you are just soaking up being an eternal spirit having a corporeal experience 😉
Learn to love and be comfortable in balance and you will master the art of true contentment — nothing will be able to sway your pendulum but you.
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About the Artwork
The art used in this article is taken from my painting ‘Escapism’ — you can get the original and prints HERE or you can get all sorts of products, clothing and prints HERE.
You can read about the inspiration behind this piece here:
What Radiohead Looks Like Through The End of my Brush