Nature’s Wisdom: Finding Balance
Fall is here and this is the season that I love the most.
Although it is a beautiful season, it’s also a time where my schedule is full and I’m being pulled in many directions. Finding balance during this time is something that I am learning.
It’s not always easy to juggle all the different facets that we have in our lives. Personally, I’m dealing with my writing, my ailing Mom, my job, being a mother, a spouse, a sister and a friend. And that is a very quick list. I am probably missing a few facets here.
Let’s start by my definition of balance. For me balance is a calmness of the mind, harmony within the parts of the whole and steadiness during my everyday life. I’m not talking about controlling a situation or maintaining an equality of sides.
As I learn to juggle my new Fall schedule, I turn to Nature to learn from her wisdom. How does she stay balanced?
Listening and learning how Nature creates balance from the 4 elements that are present in nature: Earth, Air, Fire and Water and how each element provides a different component of the balance.
Nature’s quest for balance is persistent, stable and steady. It is not rigid, restrictive and forceful.
It’s a dance that takes place between the 4 elements coming together to create the balance of the moment.
This balance varies with what shows up in Nature. Let’s say that the wind picks up (air element) and Nature is caught in a gale force wind. The element of earth, the grounding element, is being tested and this is where we recognise the strength, tenacity and stability of that element.
Nature’s balance is all about creating the right adjustment, offset and harmony between the 4 elements so that it can stay balanced or re-create balance after an event.
What could we learn from them?
the element that holds everything together and grounds nature so that it can ‘weather the storm’.
What if we could stay balanced by finding what grounds us and carries us through the events and situations that show up in our lives?
the element that nourishes the soil, cleanses the forest and feeds Nature.
What about inviting and finding what nourishes us and helps us clear away what we no longer need in our lives while we are going through these shifts, changes and adjustments?
the element that elevates things to a different level. Meaning that the air moves things around, frees nature of the old and unnecessary, allows the flexibility of nature to be showcased.
We could learn to allow our flexibility, adaptability and resilience to become part of our assets and advantages in dealing with our situations.
Fire (the Sun):
the element that creates the transformation of nature. Creating the change in seasons, the changes in colour, and the growth of the organisms.
We could shape and create the transformation to look and feel like we see fit.
The balance that exists in Nature comes from a collaboration, cooperation and unity of those 4 elements coming together.
This is all available for us in Nature. When we go outside to enjoy some time with this Wisdom, listen, learn and pay attention to the wisdom that is present in nature. It is an amazing teacher.
Balance is not as difficult as we seem to believe. Nature shows us how to be more accepting, tolerant and resilient during and after a period of transition. It uses Time as an ally to support the 4 elements to do what they must to create the adjustment nature needs to participate in the transition and create the balance necessary to her growth.
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