What is Balance?
In teaching my students I have often been challenged - "What do you mean by
Of course I know what it
means to me. I also know from others comments and reading I have interpretations. Maybe my
thoughts are biased?
So I looked them up.
1. An even distribution of weight enabling someone or
something to remain upright and steady.
2. A condition in which different elements are equal
or in the correct proportions
3. to keep or put (something) in a steady position so
that it does not fall
offset or compare the value of (one thing) with
Then I thought I might look at things from a scientific perspective:
Sir Isaac Newton's third law of physics states: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Photo courtesy of Steve Bodnar
Being human, we are biased by outside influences and abilities. Individuals tend to have different views due to
different aspects (experience, upbringing, cultures, and so on) of perception.
With an open mind, we can learn from one another and be better able to grasp the
true meaning of balance and better way of evolving which could be instrumental
to help bringing peace and harmony to people.
Balance means equal in all directions. Balance happens when one is centered.
Balance happens for no longer than a
moment - that's one I had a hard time understanding. There is no length
of time. As soon as the very moment is achieved, Balance changes. Be still, let
it change, then balance will be restored.
Restoring balance is the only job of the Nature. The natural force is infinite, constant, everywhere and
everlasting. What one can do to cope is to empty oneself mentally so that one
can benefit and be balanced. The restoration of balance to our body is "natural
adjustment". The adjustment is a process, has a length of time. The whole form
of Tai Chi Chuan should be made up of only such adjustments. In the practice of
Tai Chi Chuan, one should empty oneself completely, allowing the natural force
to balance our body. Simply put, Tai Chi Chuan is Natural Adjustment.
Balance is the central equilibrium the earth level that is always maintained, regardless of posture and transitional
movement. One can't perfect this without constant flow of Qi and continuous
movement fused with the proper balance of Yin and Yang (Water and Fire, metal
and wood). You sense and correct these even more so through fast form (working
with centrifugal forces). Then, it all becomes restored to natural adjustments.
Peace and Harmony!!
It is impossible to talk about Yin or Yang without some reference to the opposite, since Yin and Yang are bound
together as parts of a mutual whole (for example, there cannot be a bottom
without a top).
For instance, dropping a stone in a calm pool of water will simultaneously raise waves and lower troughs between
them, and this alternation of high and low points in the water will radiate
outward until the movement dissipates and the pool is calm once more. Yin and
yang thus are always opposite and equal qualities. Further, whenever one quality
reaches its peak, it will naturally begin to transform into the opposite
quality: for example, grain that reaches its full height in summer (fully yang)
will produce seeds and die back in winter (fully yin) in an endless cycle.
It should be noted that in one, is the other , They are moving toward each other, become each other, always looking
for "Balance" When the body is in perfect balance there is no strain on any part