Life is full of ups and downs, highs and lows. I’ve always struggled because I feel both so intensely. On the one hand, it means I’m fully living in the moment, but on the other hand, it means I frequently felt off-centered, out of balance. And then, one day, I woke up to something amazing! The highs and lows always balance out. There is a universal balance, an equilibrium that is naturally maintained.
On a small scale, my life, it’s seen in small ways. I get upset because a client is disrespectful of my car needs some work done. Yet, it balances out when I get a long-awaited shirt in the mail or positive feedback from a different client. This got me thinking about how the universal balance must apply more broadly.
Think about this. Our economy, for example. It’s constantly moving between boom and bust, bull and bear. Economists talk about how it self-corrects. Our government sometimes interferes in this natural process to protect the population, but the fact it is, it will always self-correct because the universal balance must be maintained.
Or our world leaders. Whether you like the current people in power or not, it’s temporary. Whatever damage they cause is temporary too – even though it can feel devastating in the moment.
There’s something quite peaceful in this knowledge. I think this is what the Buddhists mean when they say that attachment causes suffering. They live moment to moment without holding on to the fear, or joy, knowing that each moment is temporary.
I’m far from perfect at embodying this new-found understanding. But I’m working on it. Now, when I feel myself getting upset or frustrated I remind myself that it’s temporary. And I try to do the same when I’m happy.
I can see and feel the universal balance happening in my life. I trust that my guides have my back and that whatever “rough patch” I may be experiencing is temporary too…but they’re easier to get through when I trust the power of universal balance.
That doesn’t mean I don’t put effort, work, and energy into achieving my goals and creating the life I want. It DOES mean that I trust the process, trust the path, and trust that all things will balance out.
Think about your life. Where do you see universal balance?