Balance: The Value of Standing on One Foot

shoeEver tried standing on one foot — yoga tree pose style — with your eyes closed?  We practice this in karate class to improve physical balance and psychological centering.  The very first few tries, I only lasted a few seconds.  But I’ve kept working on it, gradually linking  steady foot placement to focused outer vision, then eyes closed, drawing my attention inward, centering in the heart and the middle of the forehead.   Body, Heart, Inner and Outer Vision united in one effort.

When I face a life circumstance that is immensely important to me and to which I want to devote the best I have to give, I’ll practice this integrative balancing exercise.  It calms my doubts, lessens the pull of emotional desires and aversions and draws me into the power of my best effort.  Have you experienced something similar with another physical exercise?

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