Every organism operates best when it is in balance, when all the parts of the organism are in harmony. This is true for any creature, or, for that matter, any living thing, be it human, dog, lion, elephant, or tree. or Planet. And when I say all parts, I don’t mean only the physical parts. The emotional and mental aspects of every living thing are always factors in their well-being and harmony.
For humans, the organism’s system consists of several parts. There is the miraculous physical body, with all of the systems within it, including the immune system, which function in a coordinated fashion to create the whole. There is the emotional body, which registers energy as feelings. Finally, there is the mental body, which registers thoughts, and allows the person to function on a daily basis to reason, make decisions, remember information. All of these together comprise the organism we know as a human personality.
How does the human organism to go out of balance, and lose its harmony? There are lots of ways, many of them self-induced, such as overindulgence of one sort or another, or neglect. Other ways we lose our balance have to do with effects that come from the environment as well as from individuals. For example, the constant barrage of bad and depressing world or local news can easily upset people, without their even being aware of the source of their depression or anxiety. Pollution of all sorts – noise, airborne substances, angry emotions – all can serve to throw us off balance.
I mentioned at the start of this that an organism can be any creature. But remember that an organism can be as small as one cell, and as large as a planetary system. And one cell imbalanced can lead to many cells that are out of balance, with resulting lack of harmony. How do we regain that equilibrium that gives us a sense of well-being? How to we then maintain it?
More and more researchers are discovering that emotional balance has a dramatic effect on physical and mental balance. Stress causes illness. I know. I have had to deal with illness that I know was caused by stress. And sometimes we simply take the stress for granted, and forget what it was like when we were completely at ease.
A sign at the Sonoma Ashram in Sonoma, California reads: “Nothing is worth losing your peace.” More and more I am finding that this is true. There is SO much out there that can grab hold of our peaceful state and make us crazy. Government, schools, pollution, bad behavior, tragedies, domination by electronics, our children, their children, someone else’s children, noise. There is an endless list.
What is the remedy? How do we help the world? How do we make it better?
You might not like the answer, but it’s this: Start with yourself. Find beauty each day. Find a way to be kind to people. Be kind to yourself. Instead of being frustrated while waiting in line, or in traffic, use the time to simply be silent, and breathe. Be grateful wherever you are, for that moment. Try to eliminate the sources of stress, in the media, on the phone, the television. Keep your own energy as clean and bright as you can, and you will be one spot of light in the dark. And you will feel better.
I know, I know – big deal. YES. IT IS. Because in doing this, you are being an example, feeling better about yourself and the world, and your light will radiate on others. It will make a difference.
A Quick Parable:
An old man walking along the beach littered with starfish after a storm came across a young boy who was tossing the starfish back in the ocean. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. The boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.
The old man laughed. “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and, turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
Get out there and shine, and create harmony around you!