In this episode I talk about true balance, which is deeper than fitness. The deeper true balance is balancing the head, heart, and body.
Core Balance Podcast. Episode 73.
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continue to move like you did when you were a kid, before fitness became about treadmills and calories. There is a better way and now you've found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Hello and welcome. So good to be here with you today and I'm really glad you are here because I want to talk today about something that is very special to me and I think the real reason why I do fitness because it goes deeper than fitness – the name of my company is My Core Balance – and that core balance refers to physical balance generally. That's why most people come in is to get that physical balance and their body to rebalance their muscles. But today I'm going to talk a little bit about the true balance, true deeper balance and that balance is a balance between the head, the body and the heart. And what I mean by this is that the three of these need to form a perfect balance in order for you to live a happy life. That's what this is all about is living that happy life, living that meaningful life and really being the person that we want to be that we choose to be and contributing to the world in our own unique meaningful way. And in order to do that you need balance to begin with. You have to be balanced in everything you go into. And so I spoke a little bit about that physical balance. =Now I'm going to talk about how they relate to each other.
So to do this I want to talk about each one having an individual avatar or kind of a representative picture of who they are. For example the head, the mental part of us, let's represent that by a computer engineer. Really, you know really smart computer engineer. The physical, the body, let's represent that by a gladiator, strong, fierce, very physical. And then the third part, let's represent the heart by a Zen master, the heart, the caring, the soul, that's represented by the Zen master.
When any of these get out of balance those avatars become dysfunctional. So it is entirely possible to be a computer engineer and be balanced but if you are not balanced then you turn into a Brainiac and unfortunately there is a lot of judgment. If you are very head dominant and you are lacking development in the body and the heart you are going to be very critical of other people and probably even yourself because everything in your life is an analysis of you know things that are going right, things that are going wrong and it doesn't have those other components. Likewise if you are too much in the body that's too much of your focus and you neglect the head and the heart then you really turn into a brute, somebody who may also judge and be critical of other people who do not have that body development and you maybe violent – things like that and again that – think of that gladiator but the gladiator went too far in that direction. They don't balance their strength with compassion or intellect. And then the third way you can get imbalanced is if you spend too much time nurturing the heart and not enough with the mind or the body is you actually, you care so much without regard that you know these people have a tendency to be taken advantage of because you trust implicitly and your head and your body don't counter, they don't rebalance you back in the other direction.
So again these three examples that I gave are extremes of what can happen if you get out of balance. And now I want to talk about what it looks like to be balanced in these three categories of yourself – your mind, your body and your heart or your head, your body and your heart.
Somebody who is balanced in their head, their body and their heart looks inside and looks inside of other people and sees the connection between me and him or her, sees that we are all the same and has that compassion from their heart. And at the same time nurtures their own creativity, their own intellect and the body is that vehicle to take them through that experience of life. So at all times we want to be aware of this balance because again this is the true balance, this is the core, core balance, the deeper most important balance that will lead to happiness.
So I want to give you a quick homework assignment and it's really simple too, simple yet I think very profound. Rate yourself in all three of these categories 1 to 10, 10 being yup I got this down, 1 being that it's been totally neglected. So rate yourself 1 to 10 and for the next five days focus on whichever one you gave the worst rating to. So if you are rating yourself and you say oh head oh yeah 9 out of 10, I do crossword puzzles every day, I try to keep developing my intellect and things like that. I read books, all that good stuff. And then you go to body and you go yeah you know I work out pretty regularly, take pretty good care of my body, not quite as good as I do with my mind, so maybe I'll give myself a 7. And then you get to heart and then you go hmm, yeah I guess I just let this happen by default so maybe I'm not so cultivated here so maybe I'll give myself a 4. In that case you gave yourself a 4, your job in the next five days is to cultivate your heart, practice compassion, practice thinking unifying thoughts, practice sending love to people that you care about and strangers too.
So try this exercise and just let me know how it goes. Again this balance is the key balance to health and to happiness.
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You’ve been listening to the Core Balance Podcast, I'm your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We'll talk again next time. Until then let's be fit, let's be healthy, let's be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
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