Life Naturally Teaches Self-Reliance In Balance Exercises
One of the first experiences in life is learning to walk.
Children begin the process by turning on their stomach. In that act alone they are turning away from their parents and caregivers and begin to exercise self-reliance. They do not know about the center of mass and the laws of physics. They just use them.
Children for several months follow a process that leads to walking upright.
They begin with a broad base of support that is full body contact with the ground. Then they raise their head and shoulder followed by their torso and hips. They glide back to lift their knees off the floor, and finally they take off their hands to stand on their feet.
In each step of this process, they narrow their external base of support from their full body being in touch with the ground to only their feet supporting them. In each step of this process, they also increase their internal self-reliance.
They continue reducing their base of support until they can balance on one foot and shift their balance as they walk. In the beginning, they welcome assistance and soon after they reject their parents support in attempts to walk on their own.
Later as their language and communication skills develop they inform their parents in no uncertain terms that they are big girls and big boys and do not wish to be treated as children. Never mind that they are only four or five.
In nature, this process of improving physical balance and self-reliance is learned on an uneven physical and emotional ground.
Uneven ground is a key to practicing balance. It is over uneven ground and within the shifting environment that imbalances are revealed, and the opportunity for correction presents itself.
Balance boards, balls, and disks are designed to create an uneven and shifting physical environment to help you reveal imbalances and correct them.
Tensions caused within life, relationships, health and finances create uneven and shifting spiritual, mental and emotional environment to reveal imbalances and provide and opportunity to correct them.
A well-designed balance training program creates mental, emotional and physical “unevenness” so that we can develop a deep sense of balance and balanced expressions.
Is conscious balance training part of your planned daily activities?