Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World
Joel Levey, Michelle Levey
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As our world grows increasingly more complex and stressful, developing our capacity for dynamic balance in our lives, work, and relationships becomes vital. Based on the ancient wisdom traditions and the insights of indigenous cultures throughout our world, Living in Balance reveals that in each moment, we have the capacity to be mindful of whether our thoughts and actions are moving toward harmony and balance, or away from it. Through this awareness we can make a conscious choice to continue on the path we are on, or to change our attitude and direction. By encouraging experimentation with the myriad of principles and practices offered, the authors empower the reader to determine which of those are most resonant and meaningful, and can be woven into the fabric of daily life.
Living in Balance is not merely a strongly hyped, motivational book for people seeking to achieve greater success, power, health, or better self image in their lives. Instead it offers a rare synthesis of ancient wisdom traditions with cutting edge research on peak human performance that points toward mindfulness as being truly the key to living in balance.
Out of print since 2004, this revised and expanded edition features 4 new chapters. Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
possible to realize and to weave more deeply into the fabric of your life. Reflect for a moment on the times in your life when you were in “ e Zone.” During the moments of being “in the flow,” times of grace, peak performance, or experience, ³ ³ ³ ³ How did it feel to you? What was happening within or around you? What circumstances supported you or triggered your experience? What strategies did you, or could you, use to enter “ e Zone”? Taking the time to look deeply into those special
Model for Balance 53 “Gandhi talks about meditation being as important to the nonviolent soldier as drill practice is to the conventional soldier. Nonviolence doesn’t just happen. You don’t just suddenly walk into the middle of conflict and know what to do. I’ve discovered that the people who impress me with their nonviolent behavior in violent situations are inevitably people who have trained themselves and been involved in nonviolent strategies for a while. You can’t do it in a weekend
subtle set of inner moves necessary to balance both stability and clarity of mind in order to maintain whatever focus of attention we choose, without fading into dullness and without drifting into excitement and distraction. While this may sound like an accomplishment of mythic proportions, with practice, the wildly leaping, hyper-distracted monkey mind can actually become tamed, and an unwavering laser-like focus can be realized. is second practice is sometimes described as “making the mind fit
people to slow down, focus, and re-balance. Another woman had the ingenious idea of putting a can of beans on her desk. Whenever her eyes would fall on this anomalous item in the middle of her desk, it would remind her to take a mindful breath and return to the present moment. When she got used to having the can there, she would find something else anomalous to replace it with! One simple myna bird strategy is that if you wear a watch, shift it to your other wrist. Every time you check the time,
dimensions.” —William James DON ’ T JUST DO SOMETHING , SIT THERE ! Do you live your life more as a “human being” or as a “human doing”? Many of the people we meet comment that they have been so busy being a “human doing” that they have lost touch with their human beingness. ey are often weary, and wound so tight that they exhaust themselves. e business of doing takes many forms. We live in a culture where we are heavily conditioned to be uncomfortable with ourselves and to feel like we have to