Are we ever cured? Or is this like being an alcoholic, albeit where perhaps much of the world is in the same boat?
Can we tell when we achieve balance? Balance seems like an awfully hard position to maintain. Maybe one can avoid the extremes on both ends, but true balance is a feat. I happened to be watching some random thing on TV and a Hawaiian women who heads a trade alliance spoke of harmony as a better substitute for balance. I have to ponder that some more, but I like the thought. This isn't like alcohol where you can just stay away. I'm at awareness...but I don't know how close I've come to balance. I don't even know if I can get entirely to balance without a partner. It seemed easier in the beginning, but there have rough weeks along the way. I can't even imagine if I were in the perhaps more addicted position of some others here. I feel their pain just reading some of these posts. The process of going from imbalance to balance seems at times (in the moment, not the big picture) worse than the imbalance. That helps perpetuates imbalance and can be really discouraging. Maybe I need to do more positive activities, but I'm busy. I'm in a stressful academic/professional environment that causes many people to have all sorts of mental health issues. I've tried to reach out and be social and I'm making progress, but progress is slow and imbalance continues. This is important to me. I just wish there were some way to move the process along because it is like walking around with a mental boat anchor. Maybe that anchor was there before, but now that I know it feels real heavy. That heaviness is stressful because it hurts my performance. It is a little strange to think how my life might have been if this all never happened. At least I've found out now. There is more than one way to each goal and I'll be that much ahead of the pack mentally down the road.