Balance in your life, as far as I know it as a teacher, comes with the steps to life-freedom, which is the philosophy of Yoga, together with practice, and values for your life . . . but, there have been so many wise teachers, with much wisdom to share with us, and many of us are seeking balance in our lives. It’s an approach to living that can go a long way in a year.
I wanted to write about a lasting approach to getting balance. I couldn’t get to interview the people I would have liked to for this article, and so this is a roundup of what I think they would have answered to my question “How do you get Balance?” based on their famous quotations.
1. Your Meditation is your medication … once it has worked for you, you throw away the medication, throw away the Meditation and get a new one. Osho.
2. If you can’t let it go, let it in. Dainin Katagiri
3. You can’t get there from here, and besides there is no place to go. Sheldon Kopp
4. Nothing is missing, Zen Master Lin-Chi ….. the ordinary person probably does already live with zen values.
5. Appreciate happiness: happiness seems like such a small thing when you have it, but when it’s gone you realise how big it really is. Gorky
6. I have only 3 things to teach: simplicity, patience and compassion. Lao Tzu 7th Century Zen master
7. Know Joy, as in … May all beings know joy … (from the 4 Noble Truths of Zen)
8. Anywhere you are is a sacred place. Joseph Campbell
9. Learn to forgive yourself, again, and again, and again . . . (I couldn’t resist getting another wisdom in from Sheldon Kopp’s Laundry List)
10. Religion is not realisation; not talk, not doctrine, not theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes, into knowledge. That is religion. Swami Vivekananda
11. Spend some time alone every day. (from the Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules To Live By)
12. Don’t forget to break the rules ….. Dalai Lama, Sheldon Kopp, Zen, suZen
13. Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right …. from suZen.
Susan Ni Rahilly has reached an interesting point in her life now that she’s in her mid-sixties: as an author/publisher and Zen, Yoga and Meditation teacher she considers herself “trans-genre”—a multi-dimensional teacher inspired by Ancient roots of both Zen and Yoga. These roots reach back to Divine Feminine practices and inspire her ongoing research into our innate abilities for deep listening and intuitive practice: awakening and accelerating our Spiritual Vision as change-agents for Humanity’s future. She is also the Spoken Word Artist SuZen.