Contents Foreword by His Holiness !e Dalai Lama ix Authors Preface to the New Edition xi Staying Centered in Challenging Times 1 SECTION ONE An Inside-Out Approach to Balanced Living 1." It’s All About Balance 11 2." Glimpses of Wholeness 16 3." Life as a Learning Expedition: A Model for Balance 39 4." Mindfulness: !e Gateway to Balance 56 5." !e Science of Balance 94 SECTION TWO Mind-Body-Spirit Harmony: Fine-Tuning our Primary Instrument 6." Physical Balance: Lessons from and for the Body 109 7." Emotional Balance: A Peaceful Heart 133 8." !e Balanced Mindstate 151 9." Catching the Waves: Balancing the Harmonics of Subtle Energy 174 10."Balanced in Spirit 192 11."Breathing into Balance 216 ix.
Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama Humankind has always been faced with problems,"and in diﬀerent parts of the world,"at diﬀerent times,"people have come to varying conclu- sions about the nature of these problems and how to tackle them."One of Buddhism’s most relevant lessons is the avoidance of extremes."It teaches that freedom and happiness will not be found in the extremes of either sensual indulgence or mortiﬁcation: a middle way must be found.
Authors’ Preface to the New Edition !is book that you hold in your hands is a weaving together of many streams of energy,"information,"and inspiration."Distilled within are “We clasp the wisdom teachings we have received from many respected teachers hands of those from around the world…who received them from their teachers… who go before us, who received them from their teachers….!is newly revised and and the hands expanded edition comes to you in partnership with our publisher," of those who Divine Arts,"with a vision and dedication to bringing Living in Balance come after us; to readers around the globe in response to the emerging needs of this we enter the little evolutionary time.
Staying Centered in Challenging Times THROUGH THE JOURNEY OF WRITING THIS BOOK WE HAVE BEEN BRING- ing the question of what it means to live in balance in today’s world into our every day,"in our work and travels,"and into our meditations and our dreams at night."What we have discovered is that no realm of experi- ence exists outside of this theme of “balance”! In fact,"dynamic balance seems to be a central organizing principle of every living system in the universe."Is it any wonder,"then,"that as our lives become more complex," with increasing demands and less time to meet those demands,"that the challenge and value of balance is looming large in our collective psy- che? From boardrooms to bedrooms,"in health care,"education,"and global forums,"people are seeking to bring more of this elusive quality into their lives.
chapter one It’s All About Balance A human being is part of the whole called by us the Universe." He experiences himself,"his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his con- sciousness."! is delusion is a kind of prison for us,"restricting us to our personal desires and to aﬀ ection for a few persons nearest us." Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures,"and the whole of nature in its beauty."Nobody is able to achieve this com- pletely,"but the striving for such achievement is,"in itself,"a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
chapter five The Science of Balance “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” —URSULA K."LEGUIN AS WE HAVE BEGUN TO SEE,"WE ARE ALL LIVING SYSTEMS,"COMPLEX interactions of energy-information that we freely and eﬀ ectively exchange in relationship with our environment."As “open” living sys- tems,"we are also endowed with the capacity for homeostasis,"which," like a thermostat,"allows us to maintain balance within healthy limits." Derived from the Greek word meaning “to keep the same,” the term encompasses the interplay of all the systems necessary to preserve and maintain the constant conditions of life.