Growth + Homeostasis
Growth – the capacity to adapt creatively to change.
Homeostasis – the relative balance of our internal systems, the maintenance of optimal conditioning for any given situation.
Aware of it or not, in our efforts to navigate life, we’re constantly seeking to balance these two states. Both are necessary to function in the world; the former responding to negative feedback (“I’m cold, I’d better put something warm on!”), the latter to positive feedback (“I was cold a lot, running helped to improve my circulation!”) A few of the many methods we use to influence this balance include our diet, exercise, rest and sleep, social bonds, and trying out new hobbies and other creative ventures. Still, maintaining harmony within ourselves and with others can be tricky – too little change can lead to stagnation, while too much can be taxing on the nervous system, digestion, etc., upsetting our internal equilibrium.