Achieve Mental and Emotional Balance in Life
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Sadhguru: “Life is balance. Everything that you see as life, everything that you see as yourself is beautiful only when it is in balance. If you lose balance in your thought, it is called insanity. If you lose balance in your emotion, the very juice of life, it becomes torture, both for yourself and for others. Your body, your thought, your emotion, your activity – everything is beautiful only when it is in balance.
So, how to bring balance into one’s life? What is the basis of this balance? Balance is such that even if you are on the battlefield, you are still balanced. If your inner balance is absolute, you can harness the external, your body, and your mind, to the highest possible level – and that is all a human being can do. When it comes to external situations, there is no such thing as perfect balance. Within myself, I may be absolutely balanced, but in activity, it is still a constant adjustment.
Externally, how much activity and how we do the activity is not something you should decide. Activity should always be in line with the situation in which you exist and not be about you. But right now, most people are living here as if the activity is about them. This is simply because who you are has not been established. You are trying to establish it through your activity.
You have heard them say, ‘I think, therefore I exist.’ Look at it, is your existence first or is your thought first? Because you exist you can think, isn’t it?
Once you get into this mode – because you think you exist, because you act you exist – there is no question of knowing a moment of balance in your whole life. Such a thing is not possible. Outside things may be beautifully arranged, but inside is a big mess because you are going on in a completely different mode all the time, you are trying to handle life upside down.
So, when we say balance, what would be your idea of balance? Your mind has to take instructions from you, that is the most important thing. In many ways, it has been expressed – not just in India but all over the world. Even Jesus went to the extent of saying this, ‘If therefore thine eye be single, your body shall be filled with light.’ That is, in your physicality, there is always you and me. If you want to balance anything, there must be two, only then balancing becomes a necessity. If your experience of life has transcended the duality of who you are right now, if you transcend the limitations of the physical, something beyond the physical becomes a living reality and now you have a single eye. You have one eye; you are looking at everything the same way. Now everything is in perfect balance."
Inner Engineering is an online resource that can help with you with achieving mental and emotional balance. Sadhguru, a yogi and mystic, and one of the foremost authorities on yoga, offers his characteristically pragmatic wisdom for a life of joy and fulfillment. Starting with four basic dimensions of the self – Body, Mind, Emotions, and Energy – Sadhguru introduces us to simple techniques to realign and transform them into a life of sparkling aliveness.