A Middle Way

Some of us see only this material world and are addicted to the thinking, the struggle, the fight and the attempts to make things happen. This can make us cynical, anxious or exhausted, and hunched over and worn out by the end.

Some of us are floating above, in meditation or bliss. We see auras, and possibility in affirmations and surrendering to the Universe. This can make us lighter until we are ready to float away or wanting to be holed up in a monastery alone in our peace.

There is a Middle Way, as Buddhism terms the application of the spiritual onto the material, the balance between effort and surrender.

I am drawn to teachers who teach such ways. 

Adyashanti reminded us meditators on silent retreat to  “Be a good steward of your life” and to “Enjoy yourself” while also teaching us the possibility of being aware of ourselves as pure, eternal awareness.

Yoga superstar David Life says that yoga is important but not serious, that we should strive like it matters absolutely while laughing at the idea that it does at all.

Sometimes I’m struggling too hard.

Sometimes I’m dreaming the day away.

On Middle Way days, I’m listening inside and showing up for myself and others. I work, and rest, and tune in then tune out.

How about you? How are you?

Do you need more lightness and surrender? To rest, even if just to breathe deeply for a minute?

To you I say 

If you’re exhausted, rest.

If you’re anxious, sad or angry, allow.

All is well in this moment. Breathe.

Do you need to get your boots on the ground and put ideas into action? Do you need a cheerleader or a kick in the pants?

If you have gifts, please give them.

To you I say

If you’re aware, share.

To you I say

If you have gifts, please give them.

If you’re aware, share.

If you find peace, show us the way.

Be a good steward of your life.  Take care of you and those around you.

The whole of the world needs us all –  present and available, enlightened and on fire.

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