Early springtime poses many changes, from warm and pleasant days to cold and snowy ones buffeted by heavy winds. It’s the time of precipice, before spring births forth. Within the self the time of precipice shows up at any time of year, the struggle for something new to emerge. As with the days of early spring there is a settling that will take place and the tensions of the precipice will abate. With patience, what was once so urgent and even dangerous at spring’s awakening will smooth into a warm summer’s day. With a confident heart and steady eye on the future look forward to what is to come in the sure blooming ahead, as it always comes.
Pay attention to your immediate environment, for it will tell you some things about yourself, how you are doing and what needs attention. You might begin to notice that the state of the world around you and the state of your body reflect each other, or that your emotional state is reflected in a messy environment. Clean your house and notice how good it makes you feel, as if in the act of vacuuming you’ve vacuumed something out of yourself as well. A tidy home reflects more than you think.
Do not be upset by every stone and pothole on the road to balance, for they too are part of the journey. They too point out that there are always challenges to encounter and to not get swept up in feeling that you are not doing well on your journey to wholeness. Keep going. And without regret sidestep the obstructions and feel no remorse for the fact that you stepped into what naturally formed on your path. Just keep going, for the end result will be the same.
Life has its rituals and patterns that seem to need attention, especially those attached to family and the expectations of society. But life also, in its evolutionary phase, may require the breaking away from those rituals and patterns so that individuality may be achieved. Individuality involves the evolution of the inner spirit, which may indeed involve breaking away from the constraints of society to discover its true purpose. Rituals uphold and frame life, but at a certain point it may be time to make them less important and to turn instead to what is really needed by the spirit in its intent to evolve. This may involve a period of solitary endeavor, such as recapitulation, in order to resolve old issues that hold the spirit captive. A solitary retreat, even for a few days, may hold the gold that you and your spirit seek.
A balance is created when what is inside you is no longer overpowering, in control, or dominating. When inner turmoil has lost its punch balance ensues. And how to lessen the punch? With impeccability and by fearlessly confronting what it is that overpowers, controls and dominates one’s thoughts, actions and emotions, one eventually tames the beast within. The kind of balance that ensues is one that cannot be disturbed no matter what comes to challenge. Though more often than not, once one confronts what is going on inside the self, life’s challenges simmer down too, so that what is outside the self is equally balanced and calm. With impeccability, compassion, and a determined heart, seek to calm the beasts within and attain balance without as well.