We would like to suggest a little exercise that might help you focus on your balance, conceived as a skill rather than a state. It is not about being able to control the storm, rather it is about learning to properly navigate your boat. Now think of a difficult situation, one that evokes painful emotions. This exercise asks you to get and maintain contact with those emotions by practicing abdominal breathing: take a deep breath and try to convey the air upwards, until it reaches your navel, try to completely expand your abdomen, now exhale by emptying your abdomen, as if you are trying to suck the air into your own body. While you are breathing out, stay in touch with your emotions and try to look at them with tenderness. Let them be, without fear or judgment. Just observe them while you keep on breathing. You will learn to embrace emotions and happenings with greater openness and to accept your feelings and, by doing that, you’ll discover new areas of well-being, irrespective of whether the waters you are sailing on are troubled or calm.