Updated: Aug 23, 2021
There may have been a time when living a balanced life simply meant dividing time equally between work and life (?). This notion was very much ingrained in us by lifestyle and wellness guru’s, as almost a no-brainer. Perhaps this notion may have applied in another time and place, when work was literally ‘clock-in and clock-out’ and well, home was home. This view of ‘balance’ I find rather simplistic.
Let me explain.
Yes, we need to understand what’s ultimately important to us, create some boundaries for ourselves and prioritise the time we have wisely, but the notion of balance transcends the mere allocation of time.
Whether you believe in the notion of a created universe or not, I think it’s safe to assume that the universe we live in consists of a natural order. The universe has an established set of laws that are seemingly expressed through the language of mathematics, evident in all the studies of matter including biology, chemistry and physics (among other disciplines).
Human’s (us), have inherent biological drivers which reflect the ‘animal’ (material) side of us. On the flip side, human’s (unlike other animal species one could argue) are also moral beings. Our lives are a constant conflict between our biological drivers (our animal) and our moral constructs (notions of right and wrong).
So the challenge then, is to minimise the conflict between the two and get back in harmony, with not only the ‘material natural order’, but also the moral (and/or spiritual order). When this harmony is achieved, physically, spiritually (?), intellectually and energetically, only then can true balance be found.
The world today is seemingly different to what we may have experienced in the past, information travels rapidly, the lines between life and work are increasingly blurred and we are more connected (and disconnected) than anytime in human history. So viewing a ‘balanced life’ as simplistically as a clear divide between work and life is increasingly irrelevant.
Only by beginning to explore the universe and our place in it ‘holistically’ can we begin to reconnect with our purpose, find that 'harmonious state' and ultimately the kind of happiness that is grounded in some form of truth. Achieving this balance doesn’t make life necessarily easier, it just makes it much more purposeful, richer and fulfilling, exactly how life should be.