Finding Balance in All Things

It’s important to maintain balance in life. Not just in work and leisure time, but in all things, including diet, exercise and sleep. For many years much of my life was what I’d call out of balance. In one way or another I was not counteracting the negative with a positive. Either I was not in good physical shape, working too many hours or spending way too much time in non-productive activities.

There are a myriad of ways that you can go about bringing balance to your life. If you’re lucky it will be of your own choosing. If you’re not so lucky, the decision will be made for you. It will show up in ways that become all to obvious, such as failing health.

I had one of those “unlucky” events happen to me and it caused me to re-evaluate nearly everything I was doing in my life. The immediate result is to become aware of the things that led to your current condition. If you’re grounded and able to accept responsibility for your own choices then you’re already on the path toward restored balance.

I’m going to try to not sound preachy about this. I’m not generally in the habit of giving unsolicited advice.  For that matter, I don’t often talk about this aspect of my personal life. I just thought it might help somebody else to know that no matter how far out of balance you might be, it IS possible to get it back in balance.

For me, I started to include both regular exercise and meditation into my routine. I started walking at least a mile or more every day. That was ten years ago and I still do this today. Often my walk is much longer, closer to four or five miles.

That may not seem like much to an avid exerciser, but for me it means balance.  I can walk that amount, sweat, and feel very good about my body.  It’s not putting strain on my joints or muscles. It’s not causing me to justify overeating.  It’s just enough exercise to get the blood and sweat flowing.

The same thing goes for mediation, or prayer, or whatever name you want to put to it. Spending time in silence helps bring balance to a noisy and busy day.  There are a number of good techniques for learning meditation, but my personal preference is just to lie in silence and quiet my thoughts.

Diet is another aspect of life that demands balance.  Years ago I drank too much coffee and too much beer.  In a way these two were providing a sort of balance, albeit a very unhealthy balance.  Going from caffeine overload to inebriation became an all-to-familiar routine. Unmonitored, the body seeks balance in unsustainable ways.

Today I drink very little alcohol and lots of water.  I like a morning espresso and an evening beer now and then, but each at it’s own time and on it’s own merits. I’m not using them to seek balance. They are part of the balance that I’ve chosen.

Food is also something that I needed to balance. I had a habit of skipping breakfast, overdoing lunches to the point of dullness and then eating a late supper. Shifting the bulk of food intake toward morning and early afternoon restores healthful body functioning.

Going to bed with a full stomach is not a recipe for health. Now that I have balance, I eat much less, and much earlier in the day. I very rarely tolerate going to sleep on a full stomach. Sure, I still like cookies and ice cream occasionally, but I also consume a lot more fruits and vegetables, as opposed to fatty foods.

Sleep is another area people neglect. I tend to start the day very early so that I can finish work by late afternoon. This means that by the time I’ve done a bit of online gaming, eaten and watched a television show, I’m ready for sleep. I don’t often stay up past ten and get a full eight hours sleep. Rest is essential to maintaining health.

You know when you’re out of balance. You seek to find the center and sometimes try to achieve it by doing completely the opposite. The opposite isn’t balance, it’s just the other end of the scale. Seek the balance and you’ll be happier, healthier and more productive.

Speaking of balance, cheesy segue ahead. I wrote a post a little while ago about the H96 Pro Plus. While I still think it’s one of the best TV Boxes you can get right now, it is on the higher end of the price scale. If you want very similar features at a lower price, check out the Edal KM8P. It’s a rapidly rising star of the Octa Core offerings.

 

Edal KM8P Android 6.0 Amlogic S912 Octa Core TV Box 4K Ultra HD

Product Highlights

  • CPU Amlogic S912 64 bit Octa core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2 GHz
  • GPU ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz (DVFS)
  • SDRAM: 2GB DDR3
  • FLASH: 8GB Flash (4~32GB Optional )
  • WiFi Built in 2.4G WiFi Support IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • LAN Ethernet 10/100M RGMII
  • OS: Android 6.0 marshmallow
  • Media format: Avi/Rm/Rmvb/Ts/Vob/Mkv/Mov/ISO/wmv/asf/flv/dat/mpg/mpeg
  • Music format: MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/OGG/DDP/TrueHD/HD/FLAC/APE
  • HDMI output 2.0 4K*2K @ 60Hz
  • 2 – High speed USB 2.0,support U DISK and USB HDD
  • 1- TF CARD Support 1~32GB
  • 1 – 3.5 Phone out CVBS&L/R output
  • 1 – RJ45 LAN Ethernet 10M/100M
  • Power Supply DC 5V/2A

 

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