Finding Balance – Sometimes It Takes a Monkey

Recently I came across this picture. My first reaction was what a happy monkey to have so many bananas to munch on. Then the thought came in perhaps not.

One of the things I’ve come to depend on is how the Universe (or whatever word you want to call that) will bring in signs to help me along the way. The following day a package arrived, and in the package came this card. Ah, the word balance had me reflect on the monkey with all the bananas.

I then looked up the meaning of balance, and there were many different ways to define balance. The one that resonated with me is – balance is something you discover and create for yourself. Also, recently I heard it put this way about balance. It takes patience, attention, sensitivity, awareness, wisdom, and love of yourself to find and create balance.

This reminded me of the movie, Eat, Pray, Love, which was based on a book by Elizabeth Gilbert sharing her story. After a divorce, she traveled to Italy, India, and Bali looking for spiritual fulfillment and love. A bit of a spoiler alert is coming up in the following paragraphs. If you haven’t watched the movie, you may want to pause here.

In Bali, she fell in love with a man and then decided to end the relationship. Before she left the island, she visited her endearing guru, Ketut. She then revealed to him that she ended it, and felt she couldn’t keep her balance in the relationship.

Ketut said one of the most memorable lines in the movie to her, “Sometimes to lose your balance for love is part of living a balanced life.” He then concluded by saying, “You need to look through your heart.” His words had a significant impact on her as she then walked through discovering and creating her own balance by being in the relationship.

Now that I am clearer (thank you, monkey!) about what balance means to me, I can be more mindful in finding my own balance. I’m sure life will provide me with many ways to practice this.

Love, light, peace, and happy trails,


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