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Balancing on the high-wire at The Calm Space

May 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Does your life sometimes make you feel like you’re a circus performer?

You know, the kind who walks the high-wire (where’s the net?) while simultaneously juggling delicate crystal goblets, flaming fire-sticks and your best china?

I know mine does!

Sometimes our life seems a hair-breadth from total catastrophe. But somehow, we keep going. The balancing act never ends, the show is on an eternally playing loop.

Highwire found on Flickr by Gee

Photo Credit: HighWire found on Flickr by Gee

It seems to be a common feeling… life is so busy, so demanding and so always on.

This month, over at The Calm Space, the contributors share their personal takes on the issue of balance and that high-wire act. Whilst all the writers share their own perspective and speciality on the whole balance issue, there seems to be a common thread through all the articles.

Balance is an inside job. We wont find ‘the solution’ out there somewhere. There is no magical net waiting to catch us when we lean too far off kilter… it’s up to you to find your own equilibrium.


The Calm Space has a new contributor, writing for The Sustainability Space, Marc Lehmann. Marc is a naturalist and a minimalist with a passion for sustainability and his first article really made me stop and think.

We also welcome the beautiful photography of Amy Palko to The Breathing Space. Amy chose this amazing image for us this month because, in her own words,

“I’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking about balance and what it means to me, and also where I find it. For me, I find it when I’m out on a walk, away from the demands of housework, writing deadlines and technological distraction. So, to that end, I’ve chosen a photograph that I took on one of my walks.”

Don’t forget to download to your desktop the very special wallpaper for the month of May, created from Amy’s photo by Leah Maclean. It truly is an oasis of calm!

OK, that’s enough from me – why not pop on over and check out The Calm Space May edition for yourself?

Marc and Amy join contributors Joanna Young, Leah Maclean, Chris Owen, Angela Esnouf, Annie Hutton, Marjorie Lim (and yours truly: ). We all write for The Calm Space, an online magazine that’s like a virtual day-spa for your senses…

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 amypalko // May 10, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Just wanted to say thank you again for asking me to contribute an image for this month’s theme of Balance. I have really relished the opportunity and it has been just great to participate along side your wonderful contributing authors. Such a pleasure!

  • 2 Karen Swim // May 10, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I was brought here by Amy’s beautiful photography. I immediately subscribed and am looking forward to balancing with you this month.

  • 3 karen // May 11, 2008 at 11:51 am

    @Amy, it is an honour to have you share with us. I am looking forward to more sharing and connection with you.

    @Karen, Welcome and thanks. It’s a joy to have you here!

  • 4 Pete Aldin // May 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    “Balance is an inside job.” I like it. I like it a lot.

    I keep thinking that to get anywhere, when we’re walking, we move in and out of balance constantly, but we don’t fall. We progress. So perhaps balance is finding a point of rest and stability between steps?

  • 5 karen // May 19, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Thanks Pete – they are a pretty amazing bunch of contributors at The Calm Space, aren’t they?

    Walking is a great analogy! You’re right, we progress… it’s like we’re constantly adjusting and maintaining our equilibrium by moving, not by being static. Thanks for your wise thoughts!

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