Episode 106: Why Balance Is Bogus

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“I’m a great believer in harmony, but balance is bogus. Many teachers talk about balance, and guess what? Not one of them is balanced. I know; I used to be one of them. The only people who are perfectly balanced are six feet under and it’s not your time yet. Balance in this world cannot be achieved, so get over it. Think of a scale. In perfect balance, nothing’s happening. There’s no dynamism, no life or vibrancy. Now, think of a jazz band in action—the life and vibrancy are palpable, aren’t they? The performers in this band have less to do with playing the melody as written and more to do with improvising. They give life to nuance and the music takes shape in the moment. That’s harmony.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

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Why Balance Is Bogus

“I’m a great believer in harmony, but balance is bogus. Many teachers talk about balance, and guess what? Not one of them is balanced. I know; I used to be one of them. The only people who are perfectly balanced are six feet under and it’s not your time yet. Balance in this world cannot be achieved, so get over it. Think of a scale. In perfect balance, nothing’s happening. There’s no dynamism, no life or vibrancy. Now, think of a jazz band in action—the life and vibrancy are palpable, aren’t they? The performers in this band have less to do with playing the melody as written and more to do with improvising. They give life to nuance and the music takes shape in the moment. That’s harmony.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

I love that. Balance is bogus. Osho (see Notes on The Book of Understanding) tells us that balance is not a NOUN, it’s a VERB.

He says: “To be in the middle is not a static state, it is a dynamic phenomenon. Balance is not a noun, it is a verb; it is balancing. The tightrope-walker continuously moves from the left to the right, from the right to the left. When he feels now he has moved too much to one side and there is danger of falling, he immediately balances himself by moving to the opposite side. In passing from the left to the right, yes, there is a moment when the tightrope-walker is in the middle. And again, when he has moved too much to the right and there is a fear of falling, he is losing balance, he starts moving to the left and again passes through the middle for a moment.”

Imagine that: you’re walking across a tightrope. A little to the left, a little to the right. There’s a moment when you’re in the middle, but the process is DYNAMIC. Such is life.

Throw in the complexity of all the aspects of our lives (see the Five Pillars above!) and life looks more like a jazz band than a balancing scale, eh?

So, let’s forget about “balance” and get our harmony on, yo!!! :)