Once upon a time, I fancied myself becoming a Naturopath and began a journey in that direction. Life happened and I didn’t keep going in that direction but I did learn a lot in that time. The biggest thing I took from my study was the term Homeostasis. In our body, this is a tendency towards a stable environment, something that our body is striving to do all the time. In life, we are always trying to strive for some kind of equilibrium too.
Humans are living on the edge of a knife. In this fast paced world, it’s hard to decipher what is good for us. We no longer know how to read our bodies or trust our intuition. People are getting fatter and less healthy despite the fact that science has made leaps and bounds in knowledge. If we now know so much why do we feel as if we know so little?
Every day, someone is being diagnosed with cancer. Every day someone is dying from cancer. How do we find a way to deal with this? Suddenly, a cancer patient is faced with death and the cure for the cancer is highly toxic. Who can afford to be sick? We are so caught up in the everyday need for earning a living that we forget what is important in this life. Even if you believe that there is life after death, don’t you want to make this life as worthwhile, healthy and happy as possible?
Life on earth seems to be about extremes. Work hard, live hard. Live the fast life and if you get sick, kill it with Chemo or Radiation. It’s all about the quick fix. Get a headache, take a tablet. Get the flu, take a tablet. Get fat, have it sucked out. Work long hours, eat badly. It’s all go, go, go, and sorry but I don’t have time for that. Work is a hassle and the kids are sick and I don’t have time for this. If we slowed down and looked after ourselves a little better we wouldn’t get sick and we would actually have the time to enjoy what we are working towards.
The secret to balance is slowing down. How can you slow down? Read a book, create something special, walk the dog. It’s not always easy to create balance in life but art is a very important tool to create a richer, more balanced life. Never underestimate its power.