Something I find really interesting about my writing endeavors is that often, my writing will focus itself around a theme. This is not a deliberate effort on my part. Though the various pieces I write may have very different subject matter, I can usually draw a common thread between pieces written about the same time.
A good example of this are two very different articles I wrote for PsychCentral (to publish this month)
The first article deals with parenting and educational approaches with very young children. The second article deals with the very real dangers of abuse adolescents are commonly faced with. At first glance, these two seem to be worlds apart. But there is an overarching principle about human development that unites them.
It has to do with a concept that I think is best illustrated by Yoga practice. Many ancient meditations follow the ideology of energy chakras - this is a more complicated concept, but at their very basic, chakras are focal points throughout our body radiating different levels of energy. We all store and focus our energy in different ways. I, for example, am very crown focused. I am always in my head. This creates a great imbalance of energy in my body, leaving the lower, root chakra almost totally empty.
One might think since my crown is the problem, hoarding all the energy, I should start there. But I cannot remove the energy in my crown by focusing on the crown, that only adds energy to an already supercharged area.
The only way to redistribute this energy is through proactive counterbalance, by bringing focus to the counterbalancing chakra. Yoga accomplishes this through specific body movements, balancing effort and ease. By strengthening the weaker root chakra, I will drain energy from the crown, creating a more balanced flow of energy overall.
This concept of proactive counterbalancing is what unites both articles I mentioned above. The first article describes overturning a disruptive child's negative cycle by banking intentional, positive experiences. In the second article, instead of trying to come up with ways to decrease incidents of abuse, we focus on ways of empowering youth to make them less susceptible to types of abuse they will inevitably encounter.
Overall, I think we could solve a lot of problems this way. When we think about the problems of our world, we often try to draw our solutions from fixing the people or things that seem to be generating the most conflict. But maybe it's time we start looking at our problems from the opposite angle.
How can we proactively counterbalance the problem and thereby drain it of its energy?