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The Zero-Point

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Who out there is already sick to death of New Year’s resolution-talk? You’re a week into it and every single media outlet (social or otherwise) with your email is sending you promises of change and revival. Global connectivity is both a blessing and a curse. Even the most bubbly among us can turn a cynical eye when saturated with too much group-think, which eventually begins to feel like group-pressure. But, don’t chuck your hopes and dreams into the trash fire just yet! That’s, like, reverse pressure. And it isn’t original. Taking the opposite side because you’re nauseated by super-positive media will not make you happy (other than for that first tiny moment). 

We have a saying in our house. Stand at the zero-point. It comes from my husband’s very wise martial arts teacher. It means, find balance. When you stand at the zero-point, then you can look left and see what is all the way down there. You can turn and look right and see what is all the way down there. Maybe you stay at the zero point. Maybe you shift slightly one way or the other (these are not political metaphors, just directions). The idea is to gain perspective and in gaining perspective, one comes closer to balance. If you are too far in one direction, you begin to tip the scale and oppose the other direction. Whether we like it or not, balance is always in the middle.

I can’t begin to tell you how valuable this small insight has been to my everyday life. That is why I am starting off the year with it. To remind me and you to make a resolution if you truly desire, start anew, knock yourself out, or continue on as though nothing’s ruffled but a calendar page. Just do so with thought and perspective of your own choosing. Stand at the zero point and consider both extremes. Where do you fall?   

(You’re smart. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to  why this is food-related.)

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”

-Three Initiates, The Kybalion

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