Who has measured the waters in the hollow his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
Balance is something we are constantly trying to achieve in every aspect of life. A balanced diet, balance in priorities, balancing work and home, balance for your body to prevent falls, a balanced check-book, I could go on! A great example of balance from the bible comes from the book of Luke chapter 10 verses 38-42 at the home of Martha and Mary. Jesus and his disciples were coming to visit at the home of Martha and Mary. Martha was frantic to make things perfect and have everything ready. The bible says she was “distracted by the preparations that had to be made”. Mary on the other hand, sat at Jesus feet listening. Martha was so frustrated she went to Jesus complaining that her sister left all the work for her to do on her own. “‘Martha, Martha” Jesus said to her, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” How many times do we miss the blessing of the moment because we are focused to hard on the preparations!? Often. When our focus is on the ONE thing that matters, our relationship with Jesus, we will be balanced.
Balance is an important part of our exercise routine. Here is a quick balance work-out for you to try:
- Single limb balance: Start out standing near a counter-top or sturdy chair. Stand on one leg while holding onto the stable surface with either one or two hands. Keep your eyes focused straight ahead. Hold that position for 10 counts. Close your eyes and repeat holding for 10 counts. Switch legs and repeat. As you get better try to do these exercises barely touching, and eventually without holding on.
- Single limb squats or chair sits. Start out standing as before holding onto a stable surface. Bend and straighten your knee slightly in a one legged squat. Repeat 10 times on each leg. As you get stronger advance to sitting down (gently) and returning to stand with one leg balance using a stable chair. Repeat each leg 10 times.
- Tai chi: Tai chi is great for balance! There are tons of YouTube videos related to tai chi for beginners all the way to advanced. There are even seated Tai chi videos. Check them out!