I’ve been thinking a lot about balance since it’s equinox (or roundabout that time). Tree pose in yoga is a balancing pose. From the outside, it looks still and serene. However, it’s actually a very active pose. One foot is grounded on the floor, pressing down into the earth, the other foot on the inside of your leg, hands either in front of your heart or reaching to the sky. The grounded foot isn’t still—it has tiny movements as your body sways and readjusts. If you try to stay stick still in tree pose, you’ll fall. You transition through many movements in order to maintain balance.
I used to think of equinox as a still point, a resting point, but recently I’ve been thinking more about its movement. It’s part of the larger cycle that we need to maintain balance. It’s the midpoint that we sway through between either side of summer & winter. Summer days are full, long and outgoing, while winter is inside, reflective and quiet (or so we hope). We couldn’t stay in any one season without getting out of balance, so having all the seasons and being able to transition between them is what keeps us sane. But what happens in we live in an un-sane, un-balanced world? How do we maintain balance then?
It’s sorghum days on the farm this week. Gary, Adam’s dad, grows a patch of sorghum each year and then cooks it into sorghum molasses. If you’ve never had it you’re missing out. It’s similar to molasses, but has its own unique flavor. Adam made biscuits for us the other morning just so we could have some freshly made sorghum.
I’ve been listening to the news this week and hearing about the climate justice demonstrations in New York, thinking about how climate change is affecting communities around the world, and how it might affect our farm. Talk about trying to maintain balance in an unbalanced world! So, I’m asking myself: where do I loosen and where do I tighten to walk in this world? To do my work and make a difference in a world that needs so much?
For me right now, balance is continuing to find my voice, re-grounding in my yoga practice, recommitting to simplicity, stewarding heritage crops for our region, learning acceptance with boundaries, and being as present as I can with my family. That may not be balance for me forever, but for now, it’s what I can do.