The choice to be "in" balance.
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Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee phrased the core question of his buzz, Going to the Extreme Effect, in the following way: "Why then go to the extreme when we could create possibilities while staying in balance?"
What came to mind in reading Dr. Ali’s buzz and question is the connection between movement and choice. When we “go” to an extreme it is a reactive movement; our choices are restricted and where we place ourselves reflects that reaction.
Balance, on the other hand is a process rather than a place in which we strive towards equilibrium; we are more in alignment with our responses, we have more options available to us, and our responses are less impulsive and less destructive.
Roger Cole writes:
"When we balance, we align our body’s center of gravity with the earth’s gravitational field. Quite literally, we place ourselves in physical equilibrium with a fundamental force of nature. But we can’t achieve this harmony by remaining absolutely still. Instead, we must refresh our balance moment after moment. The sustained effort to center and recenter, when successful, brings not only our flesh and bones into balance but also our nerve impulses, thoughts, emotions, and very consciousness. Hence, we feel calm. Equilibrium brings equanimity and our balance teaches us how to listen to our bodies and therefore that which surrounds us".
In a comment in his buzz, The Wave-Based Strategies, Dr. Ali wrote, “There is choice even in patterns.”
I am inspired to modify that to read: Because of patterns there is choice.
There is movement in patterns and as long as we are choosing, we are moving and as long as we are moving there is life.
We are creative beings. We create choices.
Being stuck means there is no movement; we have stopped making choices. They only "way" to get us moving out of the stuck place is to choose to move. Otherwise we have to take responsibility for the choice we made to be in that stuck place; a place where we choose to be.
Asking questions is an act of choosing. As soon as we begin to ask questions, we take our first step out of that stuck place.
"Between choice and action there seems to exist a chasm. We need to be able to build a bridge to cross the gap or be able to fly over it. Else, find another choice or path." – Ali Anani; comment from buzz, Put Your Head Deep in Your Pocket.
Here Dr. Ali expands the concept of choice as not only an act, but a place; a place of choice distinct from a place of action. In this way, I see choice as fractal and its patterns can then act as the bridge or path which moves us across the chasm.
Dr. Viktor Frankl wrote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
I now see that place as choice.
To conclude, Dr. Ali asked the question, "Why then go to the extreme when we could create possibilities while staying in balance?"
My answer would be to say that we go to an extreme as a reaction, and then our choices get restricted. Possibilities are created when we are in the process of balance, when we are open to seeing that we are in a place of choice.
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