All of the cards I have out for today’s lesson have a human figure on them.
There’s a man balancing a board on his head with two lumps of clay, eyes closed, focussed. In the next on a man with his back to you, holding a baby in each arm. In another two hands entwined, creating the inifinity symbol with linked fingers. A fairy, mouth open, eyes alert, juggling two pentacles above her head. A woman in heels standing on one leg holding a golden orb in each hand, graceful.
Juggling the demands of life.
The infinity symbol occurs in many of these pictures. A sense that this task is never done.
Getting autobiographical for a moment I spent a decade seeking balance. I had burned out and experienced some significant health issues after a lengthy period of overwork. I wanted to find a way to work which would earn “enough” while ensuring I could stay healthy and find some time for joy.
It became an almost comic dance with circumstances and unintended consequences. I took training courses to create this balance, meaning I became busier than before, I took on work roles which grew beyond expectations. There were changes at home with the end of a marriage and teenage dramas with children…
Then I came across the notion of flow. “Balance” is only ever momentary. The laws of physics jump in, a strong breeze knocks us off kilter and the moment is lost. I am learning now to flow (note: learning). I think of the tide, it’s rocking motion, sometimes full, sometimes in retreat. I think of the space it covers, how it is transformed twice daily. Or the flow of the river, low and parched in summer, full to overflowing after a storm. Neither is wrong, or right. It just is.
- A few journal prompts:
- What are you “juggling”?
- How and when do you experience flow?
- What does this card say to your life and circumstances?
- What might you let go of in the next ebb tide of your life?