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In troubled times remember balance


So much unrest and change in the world. So much unrest in the Middle East, in our own country, perhaps in our own lives.

How do we keep our sanity? Faced often with difficult, complicated situations, how do we make the best possible choices? The wisest choices?

We turn to what doesn't change -- the calm, timeless truth at the core of our own being that is the same today, yesterday, and forever. It is the truth of our existence and as the prophets have declared, it has the power to set us free.

 How do we connect with truth?

But how do we connect with the truth of ourselves? What does it look like, this indescribable, unchanging essence that is the very source of true happiness and well-being just as our blue spruce tree represents safety and well-being for the bunny JoAnn and I love to watch?

Truth loves balance. The universe loves balance.

It's not very sexy -- heck, perhaps it is very sexy after all, the basis really of not only good sex and but good relationships too -- but balance is one of the primary characteristics of our own true nature.

So the more balance we bring into our life the better it is for us and for our loved ones and the big, wide world.

The true promise of aging

I was thinking about this the other day as I was toiling away, trying to design an online workshop about the true joy and promise of aging that I hope to offer in the spring.

I suddenly realized that it wasn't fun anymore. I was trying too hard. I've found over a long career of writing that while a certain amount of creative tension is necessary and indeed inevitable at times, too much struggle can be destructive.

So I pulled back a bit from what I was doing and turned to the stillness that in the past few years -- through the grace of life, no other reason I can think of --has become the very source of my happiness and well-being.

As our bunny sometimes runs for safety beneath the ample girth of its tree I found safety and serenity in the shade of my own timeless presence.

Does life call for more daring?

As change escalates in us and around us, let us remember the importance of balance in our lives.

If life calls for more daring, let us be more daring. If it calls for more exertion, let us step up our exertion and our involvement.

And if life asks simply that we relax from our struggles, and be still humble in the presence of what is changeless and eternal in ourselves -- why, let us do that.

For balance is a law that no human being or nation or even civilization can ever successfully contravene.

One last thought

One last thought. Sometimes, if we are to find our balance, and experience the victorious life that is the birthright of each one of us, a few tears are appropriate, don't you think?

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I'm delighted to announce that my friend and mentor Steven Aitchison, of Change Your Thoughts blog, is offering a terrific new 28-day course called Mind Alchemy.

This course, beginning February 1st, is absolutely free. There are no sign ups, and no strings attached. As Steven says, it is just a free course with na community feel to it. At last report over 600 participants had signed up for Mind Alchemy. The details are here:


Steven has a wonderful gift to offer and I know his new course is going to be a great blessing to many people.

Bye for now and blessings to you.

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Phil Malmstrom January 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Another wonderful and insightful post Christopher.

Balance in our lives and in our hearts is absolutely vital to achieving our true potential, and in some cases is one of the most difficult things to attain. I love the statement you made that “Truth loves balance.” So true, and yet so many miss this fact in their lives and lead themselves into turmoil. May we all find that balance where His Voice in the Stillness sings out loudly and calms our restless spirits.

Have a Blessed Day my friend!
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Christopher Foster January 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Thankyou Phil. I always love hearing from you. You have a precious spirit and its warmth is very pleasing and comforting. Love to you.


John Sherry January 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

It’s time honoured isn’t it Christopher but no less true today – moderation and balance in all things. If we’d kept that in mind we’d not all be in such a global mess. But when has mankind ever kept to ancient, simple, effective wisdom en masse? Nor yet, anyway!
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Christopher Foster January 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Like the name of your blog, eh John? “Real simple.” Maybe we make life a lot more complicated than we really need to… a lot more complicated than it really is. Thanks so much for your comment.


Jayhawk February 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

Your’s is a point of view where real ineltilgnece shines through.

Marty February 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I concur so much with this I could almost convince myself that I wrote it! Brilliant article. I go on about balance quite a bit in my work. I partly do it to remind myself because I’m prone to forgetting.
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Christopher Foster February 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Marty, good to hear from you — hey, I’m glad I’m not the only fellow that forgets things.


Tess The Bold Life February 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Your writing always comes straight from your soul and kisses mine;) Sometimes I sit here and think, “Where does he get this stuff?” You are truly a gifted writer. I also agree Steve is an awesome guy and know his course is 5 star rated.
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Christopher Foster February 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Great to hear from you Tess. I just loved reading your very touching and inspiring story at Good Life Zen. I surely appreciate getting to know you better.


Robin Easton February 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

Hi dear Christopher,

I just stopped in to let you know I was thinking of you, and to tell you that this post is SO BEAUTIFUL.

Like so many of your posts it comes at good time for me. I’ve been out of commission as my blog was hacked, but it looks like it should be up and running soon. Today I find your words incredibly soothing. They seem to create such ease and peace in me, which is much needed in my life lately.

You are an infinitely wise soul, one who is filled with grace and great peace. When I read your posts I repeatedly get this image of you sitting outside under a pine tree (in the summer), and all around you are gather souls listening to your simple, clean, heart-centered wisdom. It in itself is always such a peaceful image for me. It is one I’ve had of you many times. And in it you are ALWAYS so incredible humble, as if you know nothing but humbleness.

Much love and my deepest respect,


Christopher Foster February 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm


It’s always such a joy to hear from you and feel the happiness of being connected with you. And not only with you but with the whole magnificent tribe of creation and people that you represent. We are all one. I’m so sorry to hear that your blog was hacked and I trust it gets well very soon.

JoAnn and I saw our bunny 2-3 days ago, it’s funny, often a week or more goes by and we keep our fingers crossed and hope he (or she) hasn’t been gobbled up by a coyote or some such. Then we look out the window one morning and there he is again happily eating some more grass. I wonder why he doesn’t seem to have a mate– but of course maybe that’s why he absents himself from time to time — other bunnies to visit in other places…
Blessings to you dear friend.


Christopher Foster January 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hey, Thanks Irving.


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