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July 24, 2014

Balance is a goal that most of us strive for in our lives. We tend to view balance as a sort of see-saw or scale by which we put some fun and relaxation on one side, some work and stress on the other, and hope to keep the sides fairly even. For years, I have been trying to maintain this balancing act, and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t seem to be working for me. I felt overwhelmed, stressed out, tired, lacking and lonely often. I had less money than I needed, more bills than I could handle and too many balls in the air most of the time.

 

Then I discovered the Buddhist principle of the middle way. Walking the middle way doesn’t entail a balancing act of first this, then that, or some of this to counteract some of that. Rather, it is a concept that invites holding two opposing ideas in min...

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