The point of being human in a lifetime on Earth is to learn to be in balance, not just sometimes but as a constant state of being. It is not easy.
Being in balance means having a body that is as well as it can be, ideally free from pain or discomfort, with all your internal organs functioning well. Temporary illness like a cold or a frozen shoulder may be a reminder that something needs to be addressed, or may be part of a necessary healing process like a detoxification, or something forcing you to rest. The state of your physicality is a wonderful barometer for your state of being.
When you are in balance, your emotions are calm. You see your world with tolerant understanding and without judgment, and there is no anger or anxiety. Your mind, which is the trigger for emotion, is sometimes business-like, sometimes tranquil, but most often quiescent. There is no dwelling in the past or anticipating a future that may never happen, instead your awareness is of what is happening now, in the knowledge that it is your experiences that are your reality, not hearsay, speculation or fear.
When your soul is out of balance, you will know it through your humanity, for, when a soul is clothed in a body, its growth and wellbeing derive directly from how you express yourself as a human, on Earth; being spiritual is expressed through being human, and if you try to separate from your humanity, to try to live on higher planes, as many do, in the belief it will help your evolution, you are mistaken. It is essential to remember you are matter, to enjoy your life and to honour the body, the vehicle for your soul.
Your relationship with Earth is crucial, too. You are living on this beautiful planet for a reason, not just for the joy of being here and with a responsibility for her wellbeing, but because your being in balance depends fundamentally on how far you are connected with her. You cannot be truly in balance unless you have healed your separation from the world of nature. Sadly, the state of being separated is endemic, and many people do not understand that duality is about our relationship with the world around us, below and above us, for it is in nature that Spirit, on Earth, is embodied.
You do not have to live in in the countryside in order to regain or maintain your spiritual and human equilibrium, just connecting with nature in park or open space is enough, or even in your mind and your dreams. Intent and awareness of the importance both of being in balance and the importance of the world of nature for spiritual growth and human contentment are enough to manifest miracles of healing and of change: meditation, mindfulness, and an attitude of kindness above all are among a number of tools that will help you to be in balance.
So, do not strive to leave the third dimensional reality of being human too far or too soon, for by so doing you are not serving yourself nor your soul. You can reach the spiritual heights in your own back yard, and your re-balancing can be achieved very close to home.