The Spectrum Of Balance | #Water | #Mindset | #Balance | #Choices


BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 28, 2019

Balance is an interesting thoughtform.

Most of the time, people will say that an individual must seek balance, and that is totally understandable.  Being out of balance can often leave us gravitating to one side of the balance spectrum so much so that we risk permanently remaining there for long for myriad reasons.  But not all ‘imbalance’ is bad per se.

My contention would be, if something significantly positive is being created from the imbalance, and the imbalance is something that isn’t necessarily detrimental to the individual in a considerable sense and is reasonable, then the imbalance could spur growth, rapid progress, and the like.  Such imbalances could be spending a sizeable amount of time working (whether overtime or otherwise), spending too much time in books, spending too time with friends, or spending too much time alone, so on and so forth.  The actual ‘cost’ of each of the aforementioned ideas varies, but if the outcome is pointedly positive, then that is good.  If they are not, then they are detrimental.

Each of those instances of imbalance can cause the individual to progress considerably and the expense of it might be worth it.  That’s for each individual to decide.  My argument isn’t to argue for, or against balance.  I am merely stating that there is a positive side to both spectrums if one looks at them openly.   That said, most times an individual is imbalanced is probably bad, but that’s for each individual to decide themselves.

One of the best thoughtforms to couple with balance is water, for water is nigh always seeking balance, seeking stability.  But water isn’t always balanced.

Water, sometimes, unleashes its power when the need be arises, whatever those obstacles may be.  Sometimes that power has a positive effect, sometimes that power has a negative effect, not unlike what individuals go through.  Ascertaining which is which is paramount, because often what is inherently negative feels positive, but its net effect isn’t so.

By way of example, let’s take coffee.  For me, I often couple coffee to work, and it ‘helps’ me get things done.  But as much as I would love to say that drinking coffee is positive all the time, it isn’t, not even close.  It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just a cup, or two.  That’s understandable, and the net effect of that isn’t too terrible.  Now, when one starts getting to 6-12 cups in a day, then there’s a serious problem. 

Yes, I am getting work done most of the time through that.  Yes, I love it.  Yes, I feel good when I drink it.  But taking all those things into consideration, is it something that really helps balance me, or no?

I would argue, if I am honest with myself, most of the time it isn’t.  Except I mask this fact with my emotions because it feels good.  It feels damn good.

In fact, coffee is probably one of my worst habits.  I feel great?  I drink coffee.  I feel tired?  Drink more coffee.  Want to get work done?  Drunk lots of coffee.  Want to catch up with a friend?  Drink coffee.  Want to spend time in solitude in my own world?  Drink coffee.  Want to work out?  Drink plenty of coffee.  Want to read a book?  Coffee.  See, there’s no instance under which I wouldn’t consider coffee. 

Considering it isn’t the problem, options are always good.  The problem is acting on it, an acting on it in an unbalanced way.  Now, there are rare times when I am steamrolling through work, reading, workouts, and that coffee helps me so much so that it is considerably advantages and incredibly net positive.  But the fact remains, most of the time it isn’t.

Just as someone cannot step in the same river twice, an individual cannot be in the same circumstance twice.  Similar, yes.  Very similar?  Sure.  Nigh carbon copy circumstance?  Maybe.  But each circumstance is never the same.  What each circumstance dictates, and how balancing actions follow that are always up for rumination, and that should be pondered at length.

Perhaps it is best to follow in the footsteps of water.  For water always follows balance or imbalance based on circumstance.  Except, for all individuals including myself, its crucial to remain cognizant that this circumstance and the imbalances that could manifest are leading towards something positive that spurs resounding growth, for it isn’t, then what’s the point?

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Author’s Note:

I wrote the above because I find myself struggling with finding balance, or imbalance, when the situation dictates.  The notion seemed worthy of consideration seeing as all individuals go through struggles in life, and one could argue that balance plays a key factor in every single one of this, regardless towards what side of the spectrum it goes.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

The Great White Whale | #Poetry | #Poem | #Prose | #Quote | #Writing | #Fear | #Darkness

The great white whale smashed through the seas
And made fright sail unabashed – few would see

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Zy Marquiez | The Lightning Baron
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The Kraken
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Frightening Storms
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Inking Desolation
A Heart In Despair
Sea Dragon
Days Go By
Grasping At Shadows
Words Are Like Swords
Skyquakes Asunder
The Sky Of Wonder Burnt Asunder
Dark Grays
Ghost Of Occlusion
Thunder Booms
Mist Of Dark Bliss
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Fraught With Despair
The Allure Of Purest Darkness
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Locked Up
Despair

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Unforgiven be what’s given thee a thrashed induction
Heaven sees the seven seas all smashed in destruction

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Zy Marquiez | The Lightning Baron
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Note:

This one’s totally prompted from the fusion of me partaking in a reread (that’s going ever-so-sloowly!) of Moby Dick and having Pirates Of The Caribbean playing in the background while organizing.

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Words Are Like Swords
Skyquakes Asunder
The Sky Of Wonder Burnt Asunder
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Mist Of Dark Bliss
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Storm Of Worries
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Wings Are Made To Fly
Daily Horror-Scope
The Allure Of Purest Darkness
The Sky’s Laughter Is Blight
Locked Up
Despair

#Quote Of The Day | #Sea | #Water | #Nature

“The sea is everything.  It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe.  Its breath is pure and healthy.  It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.”
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#Quote Of The Day | #Water | #Sea | #Nature | #JulesVerne

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Mindwaves & #Mindfulness

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Zy Marquiez
March 28, 2019

The mind is a fascinating subject – it is capable of not only processing each bit of data which comes its way, but more importantly, it is able to experience the full totality of existence.

Therein lies the gem: the mind, knows no bounds.  An individual’s mind is capable to do anything and everything; it is capable of being centered or wander aimlessly; it can experience vast ranges of information, or able to handle one individual data stream; as such, where the mind goes, the individual will follow.  This is one of the vanguard reasons why the flood of information that modern day offers can be problematic.

By way of example, when my mind gets flooded with information, whether intentionally or unintentionally, it’s emblematic of being in quicksand – my mind is processing information, but I am getting nowhere, and fast. 

The best example of this took place when I first attempted playing online poker nigh two decades ago.  Traditionally, live poker is played on one table, and was for an extremely long time.  With the advent of technological advancements Poker was available for online play.  With that, a whole new method of playing poker – and all its iterations – was born.

My first attempt at online poker play was overwhelming in ever sense of the word.   In fact, it left me with a headache that lasted for days.  However, instead of playing two tables simultaneously, I fired up four tables.  That was a big mistake.  That doesn’t seem like a lot of tables but paying attention to 16 players is vastly different than paying attention to 36 players.  Two hours in, my brain was the very definition of overcooked.  All of this was due to the fact my mind was incredibly flooded with information.

As such, my mindwaves got the better of me, leaving me with a helpless feeling of drowning in my own mind.  Thankfully I was able to overcome that, but not without hardwork however.  A couple of months later, I was able to play 12 tables comfortably, and from there, I got up to 36 tables simultaneously during cash and tournament play.  What I describe is not something that only a select few can do, not at all, but it is something that requires work.

The point is that every mind is capable of learning, integrating, adapting, overcoming, and settling into a stronger default mode – every mindOne’s default mode – the baseline of an individual’s mind – is a byproduct of what you subject yourself too as well as the nature of the subject matter.  It is easier to have a stronger base line if your exposure to certain subjects is minimal.  The converse is unfortunately true.  This makes it crucial to be mindful of all the circumstances because they can be quite impactful one way or another.

What is an individual to do when their mind begins submitting to the waves of information that are ever present in modern day life?  On this, Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, states:

“…do not try to stop your thinking.  Let it stop by itself.  If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out.  It will not stay long.  When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it.  Do not be bothered by anything.  It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.”[1]

It sounds overly simplistic, doesn’t it?  Keep in mind, eastern monks have been undertaking this very process for millennia.  It can seem daunting at first, but it is very attainable.  All it takes is commitment, perseverance and focus.

Please keep in mind that:

“A mind with waves in it is not a disturbed mind, but actually an amplified one.”[2]

The above goes to show the capacity of the mind referred to earlier and the ability of the mind to expand, to handle more, to be amplified.  

That said:

“It is impossible, however, to attain absolute calmness of our mind without any effort.  We must make some effort, but we must forget ourselves in the effort we make.  In this realm there is no subjectivity or objectivity.  Our mind is just calm, without even any awareness.  In this awareness, every effort and every idea and thought will vanish.  So it is necessary for us to encourage ourselves and to make an effort up to the last moment, when all effort disappears.  You should keep your mind on your breathing until you are not aware of your breathing.”[3]

A mindful approach will help the individual’s mindwaves settle and the mind to be centered.  This is incredibly noteworthy because according to a study conducted by the University of Southern California in 2013, the average individual in America goes through more than 13 hours of media daily.[4] That is a lot of media and nigh 2/3rd of an individual’s day spent on media.

Life, like the ocean, will always bring us endless waves of myriad types, it is in its nature.  If we do not consciously move against the tide, staying the course, the waves will carry us elsewhere – away from our destination.

Then and only then will we reach whatever goal we have.

Just like the mind can make came its own waves, it can also calm them.

The answer lies within.  As it always has, and always will.

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Sources & Footnotes:

[1] Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, p. 22.
[2] Ibid., p. 24.
[3] Ibid., p. 26.
[4] Elizabeth Williams, Mary.  “Why Every Mind Needs Mindfulness.”  Time Special Edition – Mindfulness: The New Science Of Health And Happiness, 2017, p. 10.

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If you find value in this information, please share it.  This article is free and open source.  All individuals have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Zy Marquiez and  BreakawayIndividual.com

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.