Where there’s heat there’s power: Right from the core
During this week of the new moon and the equinox, it’s a powerful time to feel into where you may be out of balance in your life, and to consider ways to bring yourself into a state of equilibrium.
From the core: the seat of equilibrium
“Have you ever noticed that the stronger your core, the easier it is to maintain your equilibrium?”
I used to think that I had fairly good balance. Tree pose in yoga? Although not perfect, at least decent, I would tell myself. Once I steadied my mind, my body for the most part followed suit. My first time on one of those “balance boards” in the gym, though? Woah, I felt as if I had suddenly lost all sense of balance. One of the trainers had introduced a balance board to me, and she ‘spotted me’ a bit to help me step onto the board. Within moments, I was wobbly. She had the wise forethought to set me up near an interior wall, and recommended that I reach out to gently touch the wall if I needed a little extra support to regain my balance. That did the trick. That got me to the point of balancing. Retaining my balance? I immediately discovered that took core strength. And focus. And commitment. Anything less would result in an abrupt dismount at best, or a turbulent tumble at worst.
It got me to contemplating about how much a strong core serves us overall in life as well. There will always be external, and sometimes internal, factors that threaten to throw us off balance. The stronger we develop and maintain our central strength, the greater the opportunity to live our lives from a place of equilibrium. It’s not passive. It’s active.
A strong core:
It helps you get into balance – into a state of equilibrium. It also helps you to maintain and sustain that equilibrium for longer periods of time, with less effort and little to no strain. Additionally, the next time you step on the balance board, it is easier to get into balance and into a state of equilibrium. It’s important to notice that nimble, subtle movements and adjustments render large differences, impact and consequences. May this serve as a reminder that small shifts made repeatedly and consistently make for lasting transformations. Remember: Ultimately, adjustments can only truly be made once you’re on the board! You still need to step up and onto the board! You need to get into the game. You cannot make positive changes from sitting on the sidelines. Commitment to a daily practice helps bring this concept into physical reality. (For a refresher on the importance of a daily practice and a list of examples, go here.)
From the core: the seat of power
A primary energetic center in our bodies, the navel center is considered in kundalini yoga to be the heat center, or fire center. As such, it’s also considered to be the seat of our personal power. Physically, the navel center is three fingers’ widths below your belly button and is situated between this point on the front of your body and your spine.
Distinct from yet akin to the navel center, is our third chakra. It is considered to be the energetic center of the kundalini energy or “fire energy.” It is the energetic source of self-empowerment.
By tapping into and strengthening our navel center and the third chakra, we are able to fuel how we show up in the world – as strong leaders in our own lives, and in service to others.
It all comes full circle. By cultivating a physically strong core, we generate our spiritually strong fire and heat – from a place of solidity, groundedness, centeredness – from a place of equilibrium! It’s stable, not wobbly. We each hold this potential within us. It’s simply up to each of us to take notice, take heed, and take action. It is what is especially needed now, during these turbulent times.
For your consideration:
Into your daily practice, bring a consciousness around the specific actions you can take to counterbalance any resistances you may be having to living your best life. Be curious about what it is that may be throwing you off-balance; next, list out and take one, two, or three simple actions designed to bring you back into a state of equilibrium. Remember, these are not large, sweeping gestures; these are subtle adjustments.
Still feeling wobbly? Then seek out support! Like I did in the gym that day, reach out to a nearby wall, so to speak. A quick gentle hand out to the wall may be all you need to steady yourself, and then you take it from there.
Okay, your turn:
When have you felt the greatest sense of equilibrium? When have you felt most off-center? What, if anything, has helped bring you into a state of balance or equilibrium?
I invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!