Two things have made me think this week about BALANCE.
I have had an operation on my knee which requires it to be set in straight position for three weeks, then incrementally a few degrees more bend for a week at a time for quite a number of weeks.
I have somewhat been dreading this, feeling almost as if my life as I know it was about to end. This is silly and childish but is because I live such a hectic lifestyle normally and I was worried that being laid up would be too incredibly frustrating.
As it's turned out, whilst I can easily slide into impatient mode, I have seen that there is little point in it and it gets me nowhere - in fact that state only slows me down even more!
It has been a wonderful lesson in mindfulness, something I try to make a big part of my life anyway. Now I have to think about each step quite carefully so I don't slither and put my crutches through a passing child or come headlong down the stairs.
I carefully judge the angle my foot touches the floor so as not to irritate the knee. I have had time to sit on the sofa, so rarely used as I'm so busy normally, and listen to my children. Really listen, so that they linger and say more than usual - not bad for those in and around their teens!
I have had to make a cup of tea, thinking the whole process through and savouring it all the more for it.
I have had to accept the gift of help from others.
It has quite literally been a one step at a time journey.
The Equinox has reminded me of BALANCE, A time when day and night are more or less in balance around the globe and the Earth is on a vertical axis to the Sun. A balance point between summer and autumn as the Northern Hemisphere prepares to enfold itself in the quietude of winter so that it can be born again next year, and the Southern Hemisphere awakens into summer growth and abundance.
I shall focus this week on ongoingBALANCE... between work and play, responsibility and fun, soft and firm, listening and speaking, frantic doing and space to settle, pushing boulders up hills and letting the boulder find it's own place.
... and this weekend a dragonfly sat, frozen first thing in the morning, waiting for those Equinox sun rays to enable him to warm up and move off.