Balance: Holding Center While the World Goes Round
I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Our dear friend Tina talked to us today about how much she loves the Kai Chi Do movement called “Holding Center while the World Goes Round”. The truly magical thing about the movement is that you can FEEL that balance between centeredness and motion – the balance between your connection to Source and Self and your connection to the world around you.
So often we fall off center, so to speak – trapped in the busy-ness of it all. Overwhelmed by the tasks…and the personalities…and the schedule…and the hubbub. And it’s confusing and you feel scattered and kinda dizzy.
And then you react and rebel and say we need to get back to the garden. We need to get more spiritual. We need to sit in high lotus.
But God is not an escape.
We see people try to get rid of their ego in order to be more spiritual. They think the ego is the enemy. But it doesn’t work. Naturally, the ego puts up a fight. And then you’re trapped in a struggle – rejecting a part of yourself.
The ego is the mathematical mind. It likes to organize and calculate. It really just wants a job! And it is capable of such diligent service!
So we put it to work. The ego is assigned the job of making Spirit tangible, bringing it down to Earth. Instead of an ego that separates you from your Self and others, we give the ego the job of creating union. We give the ego the job of reconciliation.
“Holding center while the world goes round” is about keeping your balance. It’s not about choosing between the physical and the spiritual. It’s about filling your everyday life with Spirit. It’s about integrating the Divine and the human aspects of yourself.
Tina says it sometimes feels “exquisitely beautiful and exquisitely painful at the same time.”