Finding balance



Yesterday I had to deal with some health issues and they knocked me on my arse.

I take everything really seriously. Don’t get me wrong – I like to kid around and joke and play around – but at my core, I’m seriously serious. I’m that person who doesn’t do well at parties because I don’t have patience for small talk. I want to talk about how we are going to change the world with love. Admittedly, I can be a bit much – and thank god for those who ‘get me’, put up with me and are in the same clan as me.

There is so much absolutely-ridiculous shit going on in the world. And there is only so much I can take, being so serious, without breaking.

The pains in my chest were sending me a message and since then I have made some tough decisions about how I’m going to participate with and engage in the world. I say tough, but honestly, in light of who I am in this world and in context of the actions that needed to be taken, the decisions weren’t that tough. I do take pride in having put serious thought into the decisions and not making a knee-jerk-reaction choice.

Today, I stepped out for a breath and this happened.  Watch closely. I was hoping to capture more than one, as they had been really active before I started filming. It was such a beautiful and timely reminder about what really matters. My family, my friends, my more-than-human relatives – all very precious to me.

In order to make good decisions and to make good changes in the world, I must find balance. I’m reminded that balance is necessary for every aspect of our life – and that balance takes work.

What does that look like? If I think about what it takes to be balanced in nature, the following things make sense to me: there needs to be a supportive community where relationships are collaborative; there needs to be acceptance of the change that is always in motion; to remember to rest and to honor the cycles of life; to never take more than I need (including burdens); to try and leave a place better than I found it or at least in the same condition in which it was found….just to name a few.

I’m currently on a journey – no drinking for the month of September. Hopefully, in early October, I will be able to take a couple of days off to practice a deep spiritual quest. My words are just words but – as my Celtic brother Jack likes to remind me – they must be chosen wisely. This quest will hopefully set my heart and soul on a good path to be able to say good words in good timing, and follow them up with good actions.

Balance is not static – it is very dynamic. Knowing it when you achieve it is a priceless gift. May we all be blessed with a sense of balance during these turbulent and distressing times.

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Twylia (the 'i' is silent)

~ I am Anishinaabe-kwe with Scottish heritage and Sami DNA. I speak on the behalf of no one but myself. My ancestors inform and guide me. My voice is but one of many who are calling for change. We have much work to do to create a good space for the real human beings who are waiting to be born.

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