1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
2. a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
3. an apparatus for weighing, esp. one with a central pivot, beam, and a pair of scales.
4. a counteracting weight or force.
1. keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall
2. offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another.
Balance, balance, balance, with every step, kick, punch or movement… WATCH YOUR BALANCE! I heard that about a hundred times yesterday from Mr. Kin (pictured far left). Mr. Kin is my new Muay Thai instructor and he was trying to get this giraffe to dance like a ballerina.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about his words. Although I’m not yet a ballerina and my balance has much room to improve, it was the words “with every movement watch your balance” that stuck with me. Mr. Kin was not trying to tell me esoterically to try to be more balanced, he was saying, literally watch your balance, with every movement of my body, pay constant attention to it and be aware. If you are out of balance for a split second you give your opponent the opportunity to attack (think shin kick to the head at over 100 miles an hour).
In life, the immediate peril of not watching your balance at every step is not so apparent. As such, we can get lazy, maybe checking balance at year end, quarterly or maybe monthly. Mr. Kin would definitely say this leaves you vulnerable (think overhead elbow to crush the eye orbit). Is not checking our personal balance at every movement in life any less perilous?
Think of the people you know who have let alcohol, drugs, weight, TV, bad relationships or just generally being out of balance in life, keep them from true fulfillment and some of them from being successful in whatever their passion is.
They forgot to check their balance with every movement, they kept moving forward out of balance, some of them to the point of no return.
Check your balance, with every movement!
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