Recognizing and Rectifying Energetic Imbalances

Imagine the swing of a pendulum, oscillating back and forth.  At times, it can settle into one spot.  If it remains there too long, imbalances may occur.  

This concept can also be applied to how we conduct ourselves.  For example, sometimes life requires a rapid response and demands high productivity.  This is sustainable for a short period of time but would create an imbalance if prolonged.  An imbalance like this can affect your mood, mental state and energy and can begin to take a toll on your daily life.  Hence it is imperative that you first recognize any imbalances in your life (requires awareness and honesty) and then begin to make the changes needed to swing the pendulum back to center where it is balanced.

Balance of Masculine and Feminine

When examining masculine and feminine from an energetic perspective, it helps to look beyond the traditional definitions.  The concepts of yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) define these energies and their relationship with one another.

One tends to be active and energetic when exuding masculine qualities.  This is when you are feeling bold and bright and relish the idea of a big party or the chance to socialize.  You feel boisterous, confident and ready to take action!

If feminine energies dominate, one becomes introspective and desires less stimuli.  This is when you draw your attention inward and crave some alone time with yourself and a good book. Stability and stillness are what you seek and you surrender to a slower way of being.

What would happen if you were predominantly in masculine mode: high energy, constantly striving and producing?  If this was your constant state, you would burn out in no time!

On the flip side, what if you disproportionately favored your feminine side:  slow in pace, accepting and uninterested in change?  In this instance, you would never get anything accomplished!

There are times in our life where it may behoove you to act more masculine (Yang) or feminine (Yin) in nature.  Allow yourself to oscillate between the two as your needs, energy, and emotions shift.  Say no (without guilt) to the party that sounds exhausting rather than exciting.  Or gently encourage yourself to take the group class at the gym as opposed to staying home alone.

Balance of Strength and Surrender

In the physical sense, strength and surrender can be demonstrated in the types of workouts we partake in.  Or even how you approach a workout!

“Strength” focused workouts may include cycling, running and weight lifting.  These activities are great for when you have energy to burn and are feeling bold and active.  Cue the song “Eye of the Tiger” from the movie Rocky!  Strength oriented workouts tend to focus on building muscle, stamina and energy.

Workouts that embody a “surrender” approach might include tai chi or yin yoga.  They are appropriate for when you feel the need to reconnect with yourself and to create a sense of stillness and stability.  They often increase flexibility and focus on the connective tissue versus the muscle.  These workouts enact the parasympathetic nervous system and calm the body and mind.

Again, it may be appropriate to adjust your workouts given how you are feeling.  Your body is very intuitive and will tell you what it needs.  The challenge is to get quiet enough to hear these signals and become wise enough to actually listen.  Consider altering your routine to suit your energy and mood.  A yin yoga practice may be just what you need to balance out your regular Crossfit workouts.  Or perhaps a fast-paced cardio class might be a welcome change to your leisurely stroll.

Balance of Holding On and Letting Go

“Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go.”  Spencer Johnson

It is human nature to “hold on” to something that offers pleasure or satisfies a basic need.  We hold on to keepsakes that make us smile.  We repeat recipes that were tasty and easy.  We are creatures of habit and once we find something we like, we hold on for dear life!

Conversely, letting go can also feel quite cathartic.  From cutting off inches of hair to cleaning out a junk drawer, there is something freeing about lightening one’s load.  

Both of these concepts can be quite serving unless the pendulum swings too far in one direction and gets stuck.  When we hold on to something, we don’t allow space for something new to enter our lives.  Only you can decide if what you are holding on to is still serving you or if you are merely acting out of nostalgia or routine.  This can weigh us down or even hold us back from a new way of being.  If you are quick to “let go” of objects, plans, or even people, access what is driving this action and determine if it is truly a healthy response.

The Cure to Imbalance is to Apply the Opposite Energy

Balancing is not a static act.  We are not linear in nature.  We ebb and flow like the tides and the seasons and it is imperative that we allow ourselves the time and space to adjust as needed.

If we are not mindful of the signs of imbalance, the universe will seek to restore it for us.  For example, you may experience an injury due to lack of rest days in between your workouts.  Or you may lose an item you thought your couldn’t live without.

Self awareness is key here.  Recognize when you getting tired and cranky from constantly being on the go.  Notice when you’re saying no to social events and becoming reclusive.  Pay attention to your energy and mood and apply opposite energy as needed to cure any imbalances.

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

-Rumi

About the Author:

Lindsey Wrable is a 500 HR Registered Yoga Teacher and Level 2 Reiki practitioner who offers private yoga and meditation sessions at Richmond Natural Medicine. She is well versed in many different styles of yoga and can personalize each practice just for you.  She specializes in mood management and is passionate about providing relief to anyone who suffers from compulsive thoughts, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and a feeling of disconnect with self and others. To schedule an appointment with Lindsey Wrable, our Yoga and Meditation Teacher, please contact the office at 804-977-2634