Awake in the World

“The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us,…The madness of this planet is largely a result of the human being’s difficulty in coming to viruous balance with himself. ”- Elizabeth Gilbert

Balance is a key to spiritual life. Do you remember what it feels like to ride a bike? For a moment conjure up that feeling in your body, mind, and spirit. When you start out there’s a moment of doubt – especially if you’re just learning to ride. At first it feels shaky and challenging. But all of a sudden you get it. You learn from practice that there’s point where you move forward and magically balance on top of the tires. Everything flows in a smooth motion and you’re filled with a sensation of freedom and joy. Balance feels good. It’s when all things come together in perfect harmony and you can roll with the terrain relatively unaffected by the big ups and downs. Sure you might have to pedal harder if you reach a hill, but there are also times where it’s possible to coast and take it easy simply because you’re in the flow of life and all moves forward naturally like a river.

The spiritual state of equanimity or equal-mindedness helps to maintain balance on all levels. It helps to keep perspective when life brings troubles and pain and also when we feel over the moon with joy. By staying anchored in the feeling of flow and ease of balance, it’s possible to allow the emotions and events to arise and not get knocked off of that path of peace and joy.

This week, remember that ease and flow of riding a bike and tap into it. Set the intention to bring more balance into your life and watch what happens.

Bio: Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss”. A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at and on Facebook at:

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