We have more than 5 senses as we are exploring in this series. One of the most obvious is the sense of balance. ( See links to other articles below). There is a difference between the sense of movement and the sense of balance. The first gives us a sense of our joints, muscles and bones when we move and is also called the sense of proprioception. The child develops that from rolling, crawling and walking and feeling the presence of its own body from within. You can read more about it in the link below.
The sense of balance is different it gives us the relationship to space; up or down, left or right, forward or backwards. It is a sense of orientation and closely related to the ear and the organs of balance the vestibular organs and hence also called the vestibular sense.
From the child start to walk it will take every opportunity to cultivate that sense. Climbing logs, boxes, taking the stairs by the railing, climbing trees etc.
As you get older this sense declines if you do not engage in activities like walking, dancing, biking, skiing, yoga or playing with your grandchildren in nature.
Children that do not get the opportunity to cultivate the sense in the first years can struggle in school with the sense of balance falling down from a chair or other awkward situations. Children growing up in a flat town, can be very clumsy when they get to play in nature the first times if they do not get opportunities to cultivate this sense. Let your children play on the edges that life so safely provides! It is amazing how quick children learn and adapt.
Some parents are too busy teaching kids to read or use the iPad long before the basics and the foundation for the rest of life is achieved. I once was invited to lecture for a group of children at a Waldorf school about old Egyptian culture and to my surprise and joy the teacher engaged the students in standing on one leg and then the other even with closed eyes if they wanted, just to stimulate this sense.
The vestibular organs, with the semicircular canals, see picture, are like a little 3-D construction with canals on right angles to each other. Fluids in the canals, hairs and small stones are part of telling the body where the gravity pulls and how we rotate or accelerate in a cooperation of both body sides. If the small stones get stuck in the wrong place you get vertigo the Epley maneuver can adjust them back to place and the vertigo can disappear like a miracle – worth trying first. If this does not work you should consider seeing a homeopath, they have many good remedies they can use for vertigo. Vertigo will make you bedridden or you would have to stay in a chair. The sense of balance is vital to get up and about.
Senses cooperate and the sense of your body (proprioception) together with vision helps you to keep balance. Some people cannot stand with eyes closed without falling. They compensate the poor balance through vision.
Balance is important on so many levels in life but it has to start with the ability to balance your body as the foundation for the balance of your emotional life as well as thinking later.
In Astrology the sign of Libra is often called Balance. It is related to the kidneys in medical astrology. Also in Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, the kidneys are regarded as important for balance. They say “ The kidneys are the foundation of Yin and Yang”. You can read about the kidneys in this perspective here.
The fundamental balance between yin and yang, active and passive, male and female, day and night aspects of our life is a question of having the same amount of each. Finding the balance in the middle.
Keeping balance is about not going to the extremes on either side and cultivating the stable centre. The strengthening of the centre promotes growth and evolution.
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