Life is about flow. Most would agree that when life is flowing, it feels good, we achieve more of what we want and our stress levels are lower; this does not mean life is always good, it just means we’re moving in a direction which supports our values. Using a river analogy, I believe turbulence is an inherent component of flow and turbulence at the banks of a river, allows joyful flow to happen down the centre.
This theory of flow and resistance has been with us for millennia. Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, was an early advocate for the concept of the ‘dynamic equilibrium of complementary opposites’. This theory suggests that no matter what we feel about an event or experience in our life, there is always a balanced equilibrium occurring somewhere in our universe at the same time which we have access to also experiencing if we choose to look for it.
A simple example is that of spending time with one friend and having fun, means you’re not with another friend doing the same thing. That is to say that a complimentary opposite exists whether we focus on it or not. There is good and bad to anything in life and coupled with the theory of quantum entanglement, that is to say, that everything is connected at some level, this suggests there is good and bad to anything and everything in life.
What do you have in your life right now which is troubling you? What is it’s complimentary opposite occurring at the same time either in yourself or others, near or far. If you’re being put down by someone, who is raising you up? If you’re feeling uncertain, where do you have certainty? If you think you don’t know what to do, where do you know exactly what to do?