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Saturday, January 25, 2014

DEFINITION: bal·ance /ˈbaləns/ noun: balance; plural noun: balances

1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. synonyms: stability, equilibrium, steadiness, footing antonyms: instability
•stability of one's mind or feelings. "the way to some kind of peace and personal balance"
•Sailing the ability of a boat to stay on course without adjustment of the rudder.

2. a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
synonyms: fairness, justice, impartiality, evenhandedness, egalitarianism, equal opportunity; parity, equity, equilibrium, equipoise, evenness, symmetry, correspondence, uniformity, equality, equivalence, comparability
•Art harmony of design and proportion.
•the relative volume of various sources of sound.

3. an apparatus for weighing, esp. one with a central pivot, beam, and a pair of scales.
synonyms: scale(s), weighing machine;
•the zodiacal sign or constellation Libra.

4. a counteracting weight or force.
synonyms: counterbalance, counterweight, stabilizer, compensation
•the regulating device in a mechanical clock or watch.
noun: balance wheel; plural noun: balance wheels

5. a predominating weight or amount; the majority.

6. a figure representing the difference between credits and debits in an account; the amount of money held in an account.
•the difference between an amount due and an amount paid.
•an amount left over.

verb: balance; 3rd person present: balances; past tense: balanced; past participle: balanced; gerund or present participle: balancing

1. keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
synonyms: steady, stabilize, poise, level More
•remain in a steady position without falling.

2. offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another.
synonyms: weigh, weigh up, compare, evaluate, consider, assess, appraise, judge
•counteract, equal, or neutralize the weight or importance of.
synonyms: counterbalance, balance out, offset, even out/up, counteract, compensate for, make up for •establish equal or appropriate proportions of elements in.

3. compare debits and credits in (an account), typically to ensure that they are equal.
•(of an account) have credits and debits equal.
synonyms: correspond, agree, tally, match up, concur, coincide, be in agreement, be consistent, equate, be equal

For our purposes, the definitions relating to money specifically won't apply. However, we do need to learn to manage "a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions."

I know I struggle constantly with balance of my life as was demonstrated last week when I allowed one are a of my life to overrun my mind and heart and completely disassemble my life.

We often use the swing scale to represent all the elements in life we have to put into perspective and manage as it so readily goes out of balance when one side becomes heavier than the other.

As I grow older, an hopefully wiser, I find that balance is more easily achieved when I take better care of me. When my mind, body, heart & spirit are in balance, the other events in my life seem to stay in balance also. The full moon and its strong water pull can unbalance the body disrupts daily balances. Sadness can set the balance of several of the ME factors out of whack. I like the definition of Balance as the Art Harmony of design and proportion as I love art and relate well to the color, proportions and lines within the balance of a piece of art. I find it gives me balance.. perhaps a new way to look at life balancing for me.

What keeps you in balance or throws you out of whack? What do the definitions say to you about finding Balance in your life?

BALANCE Challenge:

B= Balance, write a blog, in your journal or just take a few minutes to contemplate the balance of your life.

A = Act, act on one item to help out you in gaining control of the balance in your life

LANCE = A way to keep poking away at that bad habit you started to throw rocks at last week. Did you beat that bad habit yet? If not, let's poke some LANCE holes in it this week, Maybe those holes will become large tears we can get a grip on and wrestle that bad habit out of our life!!

B - blog done
A - working on gaining control of eating and learning to eat to survive and enjoy instead of eating to celebrate, to dissipate sadness, stress or other emotions. This week I am reading books on nutrition.

Finished the ChefMD Big Book of culinary medicine. Have bookmarked the website for recipes which were in the book also. Some very good ideas on eating and health. A good read. I read the content in about 2 hours with note taking, skimmed recipes and read through the medial condition food recommendations which applied to my family.

Have Atkins, harper and idiots healthy stretching sitting on the floor to begin next!!

LANCE = emotional eating. I am studying up on eating plans as noted above as well as being more mindful of when and why I am eating!

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