I have never been accused of being athletic—unless you count marching band in high school, I have never competed in a sport or been a part of an athletic team.
We have a joke in our house that mom never runs unless chased…and maybe not even then. I would do better to stop and drop and scream in hopes of throwing my attacker off balance than try beat anyone in a foot race.
However, gymnastics has always fascinated me, especially the beam. I could probably walk along a balance beam just fine without falling off, but to be able to do flips and tumble along it would be out of the question.
3 ways the Balance Beam meditation can change my life…if I let it
#1 Try to stay on. Life isn’t perfect for anyone, even those remarkable athletes who spend hours a day practicing and getting stronger. Every time I get out of bed with a positive attitude after a tough day before, I am trying to stay on the beam.
#2 Understand that I will fall off. Falling off the beam is part of the of the sport! As much as I try to keep it all together and never get discouraged, I will fall off. It should not come as a surprise that I fall off, but it does. That’s why I need to take care of myself and meditate, work hard, and get proper rest. Knowing that I will fall off now and then and that it’s OK should help me from being too hard on myself.
#3 Don’t walk away from the beam. Understanding that I will fall off the beam now and then does not mean that I need to walk away from it entirely. When things start to fall apart, I need to jump off the beam for a minute on purpose. Rest. Breathe. Take a break. Just stand right beside it. Give it a little pat. 🙂 The jump off wasn’t a fall, it was expected and necessary for continued progress. Prepare for that moment when I must make that jump and plan for it. Maybe even schedule it on my to-do list!
Practice doesn’t make things perfect. It makes things possible.
Perfection has no place on a balance beam. To make it possible to continue to walk the beam I must remember that practice makes progress possible.
Now for the important stuff: Comment below if you have ever won a competitive race… I will be thoroughly impressed.