The ‘extremes’ seem to make the front pages of various media. Extreme can be defined as “greatest severity”, “drastic”, “extending beyond the norm”. Some of the recent headlines include: extreme diets (may be dangerous), extreme politics (may lead to violent conflicts), extreme celebrities (may lead to tears, tantrums and public rants).
In my simple life, some problems – like looming deadlines – or worse, physical pain and discomfort – can seem extreme (may seem drastic, may lead to tears).
How do I counter the extreme in my experience? By changing my focus to restore balance.
Let me first compare this to my yoga class of last fall. Some of the poses required that I balance on one leg and then additional movements added once this sense of balance was achieved. I struggled greatly with this in my first few classes, until my yoga instructor told the class to find a ‘focus point’ to achieve balance. This idea was most helpful. The practice of Hatha yoga is known as the balance of mind and body.
However, my extremes take place outside the calm of a yoga studio. I have found the best way to counter the extremes that threaten the balance of my day is to reconnect with my focal point, which is God.
A source of balance in my life is not just one of mind and body, but I need to connect with a more constant source – with the spiritual sense of balance – with the source of infinite good – with a constant source of calm, which brings balance to every situation that appears extreme.
I have used this spiritual foundation to successfully enable me to focus my thought outside of what I see around me – which can seem off-balance – to a focal point of my calm and steadfast relationship with an all-loving, Father-Mother God. This focus brings into my life a change of thought which can sort out the extremes of the day, and has also led to restored health in a case of extreme pain and discomfort.