What Does It Mean Being Balanced and Centered In Our Lives?
What Is Balance, Where Is Center?
We are constantly hearing about being balanced and sometimes centered is added in as well. What does it mean to be balanced? There are so many images that come to mind about what it is to be balanced. There is so much advise on how to accomplish and achieve balance in our lives. We need to be centered to be balanced, so we try first to center ourselves. What do we center ourselves on? Where is the center? Where is our center?
Traditional Balancing Perspective
Is Balance a Teeter Totter Act?
Typically the image that comes to mind when we speak of balance and of being centered is a mobile fixture that hangs a grain of sand away from being balanced at any time. Don't move, we have to maintain the solid center. Don't add or take anything away, I have finally achieved balance between my two sides.
Balance is a two sided aspect. Similar to black and white, or left and right. Like keeping a balance between two political parties so that no one becomes so powerful as to throw things out of balance. The center being the president or leader who makes the final deciding vote. This vote doesn't throw things out of balance, it is the center keeping things stable so that the fine balance is maintained.
Things We Balance
There are many things in life we talk about balancing. Places we feel a need to maintain balance. Everything that needs to be balanced, also needs to be maintained to keep it in balance.
Maintaining a balance in politics and world power is a common subject. Having our tires balanced is of high importance without it we wear everything else out on our car and have a rough ride through life. We have many discussions on balancing career and family, our personal lives and work lives. We balance our checkbooks and finances, sometimes we call it balancing the books. Then of course we need to have a balanced diet and balance the nutrients we take in.
Balance is obviously a very important part of our lives and needs to be maintained in all aspects. With so many scales and so many centers, where do we start?
The Center Of Something
A tire of course has a center and this is the pivotal point used to create balance, There is of course the center stand to a traditional non electronic balance scale. A person can be the center of attention as well as have the capacity to center our focus on something.
The center of something is pictured as a place, a specific point of reference. There is always one center, a pinpoint place with no variance. the center of something is considered absolute and non negotiable.
Another form of balancing
What If Balance Looked Like This?
Another way we can view balance is with an equalizer. Another play on words as equal seems to always signify two parts versus many. With an equalizer the selections can become as diverse as the things we try to keep in balance. The options and possible outcomes become almost unlimited.
Balancing can now become an act of fine tuning. We can be slightly off, but it is not so detrimental as a grain of sand and isn't so fragile a gentle breeze can knock it out of balance. We can sound balanced and feel balanced and be balanced while still having room for improvement. We can add more devices, and tune and re-balance thereby improving the quality of our experience.
Being Balanced and Centered Is A Harmonic Experience
To be balanced is not black and white or left and right. To be centered is not pinpoint specific. Try picturing yourself at the movie theatre, the sound experience is on surround sound, there are many places to get a balanced and centered affect.
Being centered is more a state of being, than a specific location. The center we are looking for is where the best acoustical experience happens. The place we can receive the best quality of sound and experience. We are always in the center (middle) of something, so it is not a matter of being centered so much as it is choosing to be at the center of something that creates harmony in our lives. Many people can be in the same center and have the same experience together, it is not always an individual experience.
Being balanced is an ever growing, every evolving process. We can be balanced with our current equipment and circumstances. As equipment and circumstances change and get added to our experience we also add fine tuning switches that need to be adjusted to intermingle in harmony with what already exists.
To be balanced and centered is a harmonic experience of receiving and sending with the ability to fine tune, and refine.
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