There is the inner world, and there is the outer world. Inner and Outer. Think of them as another aspect of Yin and Yang. We have to balance them with each other and harmonize them both with the context and circumstances of our life, moment-to-moment, day-by-day. All our life long. Balance and harmony flow out of emptiness, stillness and silence. Outer is grounded upon and flows from Inner. Without Inner, Outer is hell on every level. Nothing goes well with Outer until everything goes well with Inner. If our Inner life is even just a little bit off, our Outer Life is in shambles. If we are ignoring, dismissing, disregarding, disrespecting, neglecting, failing to honor emptiness, stillness and silence, it shows. In every possible way, on all available levels. First Inner, then Outer. We can't do yoga once a week, or twice a day, and think we are doing our part. It is showing, and we are pretending it isn't, and refusing to look. We cannot smile and nod to Inner and have Outer like we want it, much less, how it needs to be. Inner "is a harsh taskmaster, planting where it does not sow, and harvesting where it does not plant." It doesn't work to think we can "fool Mother Nature." Emptiness, stillness and silence, Kid. Emptiness, stillness and silence.
It is our place to work out the proper ratios among having, doing and being-- with who we are being the central focus, and having and doing falling into place around being. The old Taoists wondered, "What was your face before your grandparents were born?" They knew that living to serve, honor, reflect, exhibit, express our original nature is the fulcrum which levers our life into place. What we have is a statement about who we are. What we do reveals and announces who we are. In knowing and serving who we are with filial devotion, fealty, fidelity, loyalty and allegiance, we establish the center around which having and doing revolve and evolve. And that's the alignment that brings our best to bear on each situation as it arises for the highest good possible under the circumstances.