The Quality of your Life Depends on Balance.

By Carole Lee Booth, Tai Chi Instructor at the City of Allen-Joe Farmer Rec Center & the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Change is constant and eternal. To work well with change is the key to Balance.

From the moment you open your eyes in the morning to when you slip into sleep at night, you make choices. How you react and what you choose are a result of your lifetime of feelings and thoughts gathered into patterns and programmed into your subconscious.

If your choices are influencing you to dwell in insecurity, then your life may be out of Balance. Imbalance is said to be the root cause of disease. Poor balance lowers the quality of life. To decide to live a healthier and happier life is to make the choice for Balance.

Maybe it's time to make changes...changes in how you think and how you feel and how you look at things... Change happens when a person begins to take charge of his or her thoughts and puts energy into those thoughts that attract the positive and repel what is negative. Now may be the time to change your patterns; to seek Balance.

Being balanced means paying attention to your entire being - listen to how you think and how you speak. Practice stopping your mind's chatter. Replace the chatter with thoughts to help you build up new and more positive thinking patterns, higher & healthier. Being balanced means being calm even when others around you are out of control. Every day...

Practice the Golden Principles for inner harmony and unity of your body, emotions, mind, Soul and Spirit.
• Every day, practice Kindness and Gratitude throughout the day in
your thoughts and your speech. Practice doing this, again and again,
always looking for new examples. Smile - at others and at yourself.

• Every day, be honest and fair; be willing to ask for help to do the next
right thing. Seek the Truth; be true to yourself.

• Every day, promise yourself not to take things personally.

• Every day, avoid judging others, for who they are and what they are.

• Every day, just do your best, and acknowledge something good about
yourself. Forgive yourself for your shortcomings and acknowledge that
you're getting better.

Practice T'ai Chi to gain calm, stability and strength. As you work with slow, careful movements while sinking your roots deep in the Earth, you'll also gain calm working with the Breath. Careful moving of the body is controlled change. Shifting the weight from side to side, forward and back is soothing. Your entire being will experience and benefit from balanced movements to bring you calm and peace...and Balance in your life. Use T'ai Chi to help you make the right changes for a healthier and enhanced life.

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