Aren’t we always striving for BALANCE? Was it the Buddha who first named “the middle path?” If we go too far in one direction, we can overcorrect and go too far in the other direction…but the ideal, like a pendulum, is to strive for balance. I’m sure that I needed balance when I painted this piece. Honestly, I can’t remember a time when things weren’t ruffled, shuffled and needed reframing in order for me to go forward. Imbalance desires balance in the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
In this painting, I started with an 8″ by 8″ birch board. I painted half of it with black gesso and the other half with white gesso. Then began the journey as I explored the theme of balance.
I placed this painting on a wall in my kitchen as a reminder that I desire balance.
How do you bring balance into your day? Exercise is a powerful way to encourage balance. One yoga pose, the mountain pose, reminds you to stand tall, grounded and steady on your feet. Try it. How long can you hold it?
Can you think of an image that suggests balance to you? Find an image in a magazine that supports the idea of balance. On a sheet of paper, write down the word, BALANCE…throughout the day, notice things around you that support your own balance. List them on the paper as a reminder to yourself.