Yesterday I took an hour long walk. It was a little chilly and gloomy outside, but it was still nice. On the way back I passed by a playground in a public park and decided to visit the swing-set.
I can't say that I had forgotten, but it was great to be reminded of how fun it is to just swing, head and arms towards the ground on the upswing, feet pointed towards the sky. I stayed on the swing for a few minutes, breathing deeply as I swung backwards, exhaling as I swung forwards to the top.
It felt so wonderfully free.
After while I slowed down and jumped from the swing. I landed on the soft wood chips, my feet gently coming in contact with the earth. As I walked away I realized that feeling of grounded-ness felt just as good as the freedom I felt on the swing. Moreover, this grounded state is the one that my body occupies most of the time (although my monkey-mind might beg to differ!).
I wanted to share this experience because I felt it was a simple metaphor for but one component of the Middle Way. Day to day we strive to approach our lives while grounded by the ideals of balance, moderation, and mindfulness. But we should also know that despite our circumstances, we still have the thrill of unbounded freedom to decide with our minds.
What do freedom and balance mean to you? What activities make you feel most balanced and free?
May all beings be Happy!
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Balance is beautiful. ~ Miyoko Ohno