As I was practicing yoga today, I looked around my house and saw how we live and it made me think about balance. Maybe not in the way you are thinking. More like yin/yang....dark and light....new and old. My house is a collection of old furniture, scuffed floors, rustic signs, dried hydrangeas,jars of shells and rocks, old books.....all comforting items that say sit and stay a while ..all things that have been around this earth for a while. Their well worn look and feel says "home".
Then there's the cell phone, the computer,the microwave, the DVD players, my printer running as I do some sun salutations. All the modern conveniences strewn here and there mixed in with the old. An eclectic yet wonderful balance of new and old, nature and technology.
And isn't it like our lives? A longing for the new and exciting technology yet at the same time, we need the earth and it's offerings to offer the grounding and the balance.
A walk on the beach the other night while the sun was setting made me feel that I could live forever with just the sun , the sand, the air and my kids at my side. Yet coming home to snuggle on the couch and watch a movie offered the other side and we quite enjoyed both.
The awareness for a connection with nature grows as we are bombarded with more and more high tech.More people I know are choosing to live relatively simply. Though they have high tech items, they are taking time to teach their children about some "old fashioned fun"....a walk on the beach, a day on the farm, a picnic in the mountains. It's really just being aware of the need to ground and the need for balance as life turns more hectic.
As our senses can be overloaded with lights, noise and action, it's taking a chance to balance that overload with another sensory blitz: fresh air, ocean waves splashing us , serene lakes to gaze upon, leaves to crunch in, sunsets to absorb, sand to sink our toes in, animals to touch, mountains to climb, smooth rocks to hold.....
Anne Frank said "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."
A blind and deaf woman, Helen Keller, relied only on her sense of touch and smell. "To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug"
When feeling confused, down or lonely, very often a day out in nature can help us find that inner strength and peace we forgot about. "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."(Rachel Carson)
When we take the time to open our eyes and all our senses to the natural world around us, the balance we so desperately seek will present itself and wrap a warm arm around our shoulders.