The Tao Te Ching teaches us that there is balance to all things.
It has been interesting how the housing market in the U.S. took a dive these last few years. For many years, it went up. After some time of this, everybody just assumed it would just keep going up, indefinitely. We got complacent in our success.
The housing market had become overextended.
We find this in a lot of areas in our lives. If you look around at things that are happening, Tao Te Ching: Chapter 9 says that if you get close to the rim, a sense of apprehension develops. A feeling of, “I might be going too far with this.” I am sure that we have all felt that at times. We know it. We sense these natural cycles. They’ve always been there.
This natural ebb and flow has been there for every human being on the planet, every animal on the planet, since time began.
The birds and all the creatures live by these cycles. They don’t question them. They don’t have the mental capacity to say, “Hmmm… should I store nuts this winter or should I not?” They just do it. They are understanding those cycles in a natural way.
Where are you overfilling in your life? Where are you overextended? How can you bring that into balance? With a busy American lifestyle, that may be easy to say for some of you. The work culture in corporate America is crazy. For salaried people, companies just keep amping it up. Sales departments are like that, too. Each year, they amp it up.
You don’t want to push things until they crash.
The Tao Te Ching talks about holding back. When you keep some in reserve, things don’t reach that point so quickly and you are not so devastated when it does. The higher you go, the farther you fall. That is the natural thing. You pile something up in a big heap, it eventually crashes down. That is the nature of things.
Meditation, yoga, going for a walk, sleeping in late… things that really have you taking a step back and not being so productive are good choices to bring life back into balance when life gets crazy.
So what are your ways to bring life back into balance? Where have you noticed yourself out of balance? Please tell us about it in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!