Try this experiment. See if you can balance on one foot. If you can, then while you are still on one foot, close your eyes. Does that affect your balance? For most of us, the answer is yes. Why is that?
When I started practicing this exercise, I got wobbly pretty fast when I closed my eyes. I realized how connected my sense of balance was to my ability to see. My balance orientation was external to my body, tied to my visual awareness of my surroundings. When I closed my eyes, I lost that orientation.
This fascinated me. How is it, then, that visually impaired people can balance themselves? Clearly, their balance orientation is not dependent on being able to see their surroundings. There must be a way to find balance based on an internal orientation.
Indeed, over time I have discovered that by turning my awareness within, I can find my balance through the connection of my feet to the earth, and using my sense of vertical alignment throughout my body to make the adjustments necessary to maintain balance. Even before I close my eyes, I can switch my orientation from external to internal, so that my balance is unaffected by whether I can see my surroundings.
Lately, certain circumstances in my life have unsettled me. The path forward is unclear, the outcome unknown. Energetically, I have felt out of alignment, unbalanced. Until I realized that, just like with my physical balance, I was looking externally to find my inner balance, my inner equanimity. I was wanting clarity of understanding and certainty of resolution concerning an external situation in order to feel peace within.
Once again, my body is my teacher. My body has the ability to balance itself with or without external orientation. Likewise, I can find inner, energetic balance by turning my awareness within. I can sense the adjustments that need to be made to restore equanimity without requiring my external circumstances to be a certain way, and without needing to know how a particular situation is going to play out.
How do we do this? We sense our connection to the earth and to the universe. We bring ourselves into vibrational alignment through surrender. We sink into the silence and listen. We trust.
Just like with physical balance, inner balance is not a static state. Adjustments are made constantly in response to, and in harmony with, the movement of energy through our lives. Inner balance is a dance. Listen to the music of the universe that sings in your soul … and then close your eyes.
When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives. ~Louise Hay