…balance in life does not mean a stagnant and changeless state. Instead, real balance is a living, breathing thing. To attain it, we remain perceptive of the situation, the environment, and other people around us. We maintain flexibility and agility, so that we can adjust quickly and calmly from one moment to the next. It may look easy and effortless, but that is the result of practice and mastery.” (1) Derek Lin, author in the Taoism Genre** from Taoism.net

These last few years have been for many truly tumultuous times. The cliche that ‘the only constant is change” has never been more real. The impact of changes on individual lives, family and communities, social structures and political realities has forced many to draw on inner reserves of strength and energy to simply cope and manage what is . With this change we can be thrown off-balance in a fundamental. Old solutions may no longer be relevant or helpful, new possibilities not immediately apparent. With all this come a question about what our work on ourselves can do to help us as individuals cope and thrive in these times.

In reflecting Dynamic Balance as outlined above, I believe it is describes the state of mind and being that I have long believed to be the most practical and empowering benefit of Yoga, Meditation and skillful self-care practices.(2)

Warrior-ship, Presence and Grace are related to this inner sense of dynamic balance. We may, through our work on ourselves, develop and deep our access to the resources within to be resilient, overcome obstacles, and continue to evolve through these challenging times.

To begin this journey toward balance finding the self-care path that meets you close to where you are at ability, sensibility, and the goals you have for your life is essential. For more experienced practitioners the journey may require adjustments and changes along the way all the while sustaining the commitment and consistency in your work to make gains you seek.

Developing and sharpening an explorer’s mindset can help sort out what is useful and sustainable and what is not no matter what comes.
This mindset can be at the root of creating the powerful sense of dynamic balance described by Derek Lin above. This faculty quality is, according to Mr. Lin, attained by being “perceptive of the situation, the environment, and other people around us” helping one to “adjust quickly and calmly from one moment to the next”. (3)

Most who come to me beginning their journey or experiencing physical or mental challenges no matter their experience level, often aren’t feeling this dynamic balance as they relate their struggles or concerns. It is important at this time to be accept that dynamic balance, like all the other goals that they may have, doesn’t come fully formed. At times it may seem out of reach. Instead it can be developed as a “result of practice and mastery”.(4)

Although the above quotes above are from a Taoist writer referring to that practice, I believe it describes the fruits of most skillful, conscious Yoga, movement and self-care practices that are truly body/mind oriented.

Conscious(mindful) Yoga, movement and meditation practices that focus on developing our ability to relate to our inner and outer experiences as they are invites less reactivity and greater perspective on our challenges. This may increasingly allow opportunities to be more creative and responsive to our inner and outer circumstance and less buffeted by the changes of life. We can embody Dynamic Balance in a more masterful way.

1,2,4, Dynamic Balance as Posted to Taoism.net by Derek Lin on by Derek Lin

 (3) 7 Ways to Navigate Change Like a Yoga, Sally Kempton for the  Yoga Journal