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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

January 17, 2024

The focus for today is:

I choose to remain well-balanced in my mind,
relationships, and in my plans and actions.

Today's inspiration was written by Peter Ralston:

Balance is a key aspect of any physical activity. If my balance isn’t good, I will be clumsy in my attempted actions. In all physical interactions—and metaphorically, in nonphysical interactions—balance is essential. Without balance one loses power, mobility, responsiveness, ability, and so on.

Remaining well-balanced should be a constant. For example, without good balance I can’t immediately move in any direction that I want. 

Being balanced in your own mind, in your relationships with others, and in your plans and actions will always increase effectiveness. If you are balanced, when the unexpected occurs you are better able to manage it and make appropriate changes.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Two Actions Useful for Effective Interaction
     Written by Peter Ralston.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of being well-balanced in your mind and relationships (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Sometimes we are pulled this way and that way by all kinds of things (and people). Remaining balanced requires tuning in to our body, listening to the quiet voice within, and following our heart.  

Our focus for today: I choose to remain well-balanced in my mind, relationships, and in my plans and actions.

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RELATED BOOK: The Art of Mastery

The Art of Mastery: Principles of Effective Interaction
by Peter Ralston.

book cover of: The Art of Mastery by Peter Ralston.In this detailed guide to what it takes to master something, Peter Ralston examines the powerful dynamics behind the art of mastery. He explores the foundational skills and operating principles that empower mastery, including the principle of effective interaction, the mind-body alignment principle, and creative intelligence. Examining “reaction” versus “response,” he looks at how to control your mind and transform your perceptive- awareness so that what you are experiencing aligns with what’s actually occurring—the first step toward reaching your objectives. 

Sharing methods to overcome the major obstacles to mastery, he presents a step-by-step breakdown of the principle of effective interaction and explains how to adapt when the people or objects you’re interacting with are working contrary to your goals, including in sports, business, warfare, politics, or any arena in which you’ve committed to pursuing mastery.

Click here for more info and/or to order this paperback book. Also available as an Audiobook and a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of Peter RalstonPeter Ralston is a founder of the consciousness movement in the San Francisco Bay area and the creator of the Art of Effortless Power, an internal martial art based on effortlessly effective interaction. Born in San Francisco but raised primarily in Asia, he began studying martial arts at the age of 9 in Singapore. By the age of 28 he had black belts or expertise in almost every martial art there is and was developing his own Art of Effortless Power. In 1978 he became the first non-Asian ever to win the World Championship full-contact martial arts tournament held in the Republic of China. The founder of the Cheng Hsin Center and the author of several books, including The Book of Not Knowing, he currently lives outside of San Antonio, Texas.