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Art is my balance

balance |ˈbāləns|
(1):an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; (2):a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc, parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces; (3):equilibrium of the body, steadiness; (4): {Psychology} a stable mental or psychological state; emotional stability; calmness of mind; (5): {Art Terms} harmony in the parts of a whole; (6): the power or means to decide; (7): a harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design; (8): the difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences; (9): {Accounting} Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account; (10): the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other; (11): the power to influence or control; (12):the Balance the astrological constellation Libra
(1): to determine the weight of (something) in or as if in a weighing device; (2): to compare by or as if by turning over in the mind; (3): to bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium, in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony; (4): to act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance; (5): {mathematics} to bring (an equation) into balance; (6): {chemistry} to bring (an equation) into balance; (7): to move toward and then away from (a dance partner).
[First known use: 1250-1300; Middle English balaunce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *bilancia, having two scale pans, from Latin bilānx : bi-, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + lānx, scale.].

In this moment, a moment of what more and more seems as “instant” living, it is very easy to get lost in going for the “next thing”. It seems even beyond it being a chase for a next thing, but rather unconscious drift of mind, constantly distracted by imposed pace of life. Illusion for necessity of fast living. Disableing profoundly experencing, in-depth commiting and exploring the courent, the “now thing”. The “ypurself”. This persuite easily trows the mind and the body out of balance.
Even by just pausing to see, hear, experience any form of artistic expression allows one to at least slow down this pace. And eventually maybe even stop time for the moment. And think. Feel. Recharge. Express. Get to know and understand oneslef.
Doing art, and music especialy, practices patience and persverance. As getting it to be “just right”, to extent of “right” foryourself, will make one pause, think, rethink, try, re-try, do, experience, experiment… with what you feel, how you feel, how you articulate what you feel… Int he way that allows reaching own level of perfection and with it putting in balance your mind, body and sould. Guiding your thoughts and actions through good and bad, difficulties, failures… which become only challenges to be overcome.
And with one by one, growing to a wholesome being.

*concept/text: ds
*photo/edit: ds

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