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What Does It Mean To Live A Balanced Life?
Balance is something that is often mentioned in personal development and well-being circles. It is said you should eat a balanced diet, live a balanced life and seek a good work/family balance. But what is balance? What does it mean to live a balanced life and why does balance seem like such an elusive concept?

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Finding a balance

We read that we should eat a balanced diet, live a balanced life, and seek a good work/family balance without defining balance.

Balance is the taking of appropriate action when circumstan...

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Frank Herbert

“There is no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.”

Frank Herbert

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No mass-producible solutions

It is important to understand that balance is relative: the focus of balance is always going to be different from person to person. There is no one size fits all.

For example, what a ba...

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Finding a sense of balance

Finding a sense of balance

Finding a sense of harmony may turn to dissonance and loss of balance if you continue to try and hold on and freeze that moment.

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Thomas Merton

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”

Thomas Merton

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