If you’re seeking balance in your life, I submit that developing and nurturing consistent, healthy practices will provide what you’re looking for.
Often advocated as an optimal state, perpetual balance can become stagnant. Far more important is steadiness; durability that bestows a degree of internal calm, or stability in the midst of disorder, noise, turmoil, chaos and stress.
Through consistency, we promote dependability, firmness, and perseverance that provide the ability to act clearly, perhaps even with wisdom, and to do so from the perspective of personal care and wellbeing.
The human body does not seek balance; instead, it pursues homeostasis—the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent and ever-changing elements.
Chop Wood Carry Water is not some type of stoic practice. It’s not a practice at all. It means to Be Here Now. It’s the expression of being human in the moment. Just as birds sing, seek food, and gather objects for nests, and as trees root in the ground, produce oxygen, and sway in the wind, we too have processes.
There are six keystones to health that I find are essential in the process of developing steadiness:
- Time in Nature
- Regular Exercise
- Daily Meditation
Whether I’m travelling or living in one place for a few months, consistent implementation of these principles ground me and provide stability.