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The Principle of Life Balance

Based on the Principles of the Dao, Yin and Yang

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You will find information of the concept and application of Life Balance; what it means, why you need it and how to make it work for you.


Balancing your life has never been easy. As soon as we have a better idea what it may be something new comes along and adds complexity to the situation. Yet, the age old concept of Dao has the key to cut through all the smog and misdirection and find out what really is important and how to achieve this. Here we seek to give you the knowledge of the tool as applied to finding a better life balance. You need to learn the tool and then use it.


The Shaolin Martial Art Academy Life Balance program
Balancing Life

We live in an information age. We are inundated with information sometimes relevant, sometimes not, often we feel that the information presented may be good but we don’t know where to store it or how to use it. People like Stephen R Covey, author of the Book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” amongst many others, presented a tool with which you may be able to define ‘what is important to you’. Edward DeBono, author of “Lateral Thinking”, “6 Thinking Hats” and many other books focused on better, different and more efficient ways of using you mind as does Anthony Robbins who challenges you to use “Your Mind powers”. All of this is excellent information and these are superb ways of improving your life! But where to start and with what?

Peter Senge author of the book “The 5th Principle” looks a bit further and suggests that a systematic approach is required all things. That many problems or inadequacies stem from the point of view that everyone only "sees" it from their point of view without seeing the bigger inter-related picture. This is the first clue! Steven Covey followed up his book on "7 Habits of highly Successful People" by expanding the concept of “First Things First” (3rd habit). He speculates that before we engage on planning anything we should look at what is most important in our lives, what really "motivates". This is the second clue. Steven also suggests that you need to “Review and Renew” and live a “Principle Centred” life. This is all good stuff and starts making a picture! Anthony Robbins on the other hand suggest that you should improve your Brain Powers, see more clearly and increase your thinking, reasoning, retention, comprehension, etc abilities. This is important. You will impede your progress on defining your ‘1st Thing 1st’ (most important aspects) and seeing your bigger picture if you mind isn’t up to it. This gives us a whole host of clues!

Edward DeBono has written much, good and bad, but there is an underlying message. Start young, develop good habits. Look at it everything (important) from many angles. Expect from yourself the unusual. Incorporate not only the logical but also the emotional and creative. More good stuff. Charles Kovess, author of the book “Passionate People Produce”, although focused using passion for achievement, also touches on the “Meaning of Life”. This is powerful.

If we now include the well know facts about physical health and authors like Deepak Chopera (Unconditional Life) we see a completer picture of human life, our needs and necessities. Once you sort through all the information, speculation and facts you come to be totally confused. Everyone states that what they are suggesting to be the most important and that you should devote your energies to that. We need a filter, a tool, something that will allow us to decide what is important to US!

Making the Connection

The link between body, mind and spirit has long been recognized by some cultures. Yet, when it comes to health, our approach in the west has tended to focus on the physical aspects and the identification and reduction of disease & disaster rather than on the promotion of an overall principle well being. Yet, what is overall, what are the parts that make up a complete or holistic view of our Life Balance?

As western research catches up in this area by also looking at near and far eastern experiences, including local cultures and beliefs, we come to understand the duality of the tangible aspects of human well being and the intangible. For example, we have now recognized to view mental fitness in the same light as physical fitness. We coming around to understanding that we need to exercise our minds just as we need to exercise our bodies. We also know that our mental and emotional health has a direct and powerful impact on our physical health and visa versa. Increasingly we are also beginning to confirm similar links with our social & spiritual health. Yet in a bean-counting world society where only numbers count, it is difficult to convey the principle and power of perception and spirit.

We are even so arrogant to discard the wisdom of great teachers and civilizations of the past such as India, Greek, Chinese, Egyptian and others in favour of the modern medicine based on Chemical and Surgical principles. Although it is again the 'bean-counters' that find the way back to the ancients by looking for unique and new ways to market their products and along the way are rediscovering what kept us healthy and alive before there was metal or chemical cures.

Understanding the Components of Life Balance

We do not need to dig deep to understand what are the major human components of Life Balance. Many of the authors listed above sourced their information in part or entirely from books of great wisdom; books written by human hand but said to be guided by divine reason. The Torah, Bible, Hadith, Sutras, Bhagavad-Gita, Tao Te Ching, Kojiki and others have within them each all the knowledge required to find these components and be able to seek this balance. They all, in principle, say the same just in different ways to allow different people to understand it in their own way.

Now, let's have a look at, without the inclusion of religion, based on the know facts and reasonable assumptions based in wisdom of recent years.

The Essentials of Life Balance

Most, if not all are aware that there is a link between fitness, food and your health; this can bee seen as a given. Most are aware that Stress is a perception but that this also has an influence on our well-being. We also know that our social environment allows us to cope with more stress and pressures if it is appropriate for our needs.

Shaolin Academy, Components of Life Balance

The essentials of Life Balance are simple and in 5 categories;

  1. Physical
    1. Movement/Exercise (5 S's; Stretch, Strength, Stamina, Stature, Speed/Coordination
    2. Nutrition (Solids, Fluids, Air and Sunlight)
    3. Rest (Sleep, Relaxation & Meditation)
  2. Mental
    1. Fundamental (Intuition, instinct and emotion)
    2. Logic (Information, Reasoning and Wisdom)
    3. Creativity (Insight, Inspiration and Faith)
  1. Spiritual
    1. Me (time for yourself, by yourself and with yourself or God)
    2. We (Family, Friends and Work mates)
    3. Us (Community, Environment/Nature)
  1. Resource Time & Money
    1. Need - How much is enough?
    2. Want - When will you be financially independent?
    3. Like - What is luxury?
    4. Work - 56 hours work, work related travel and education.
    5. Play - 56 hours for self, family, friends and home.
    6. Rest - 56 hours for rest, meditation and sleep.
  1. Persona
    1. Motive (who and what is important)
    2. Means (what you can/who you are)
    3. Method (who you believe)

"Will you make time today?"
"to balance your work, health and play?"


More to come . . . .

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