Thursday, July 28, 2011

Middle Way

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It has been a long time since I have posted. This summer has been full of many sad things and many happy things. I have been trying to adhere to what buddhists refer to as the "middle way" - moderation between extremes. While this philosphy has deep meaning and takes much mindful practice, I like to think of it as things being not good or bad, but just what they are.

Someone recently said to me that they view three as a balanced number. I had a difficult time understanding this. Though, in retrospect, I suppose he was right. In this realm of being, remaining in the middle is balance.

Is this difficult to manage? It is. It takes discipline to keep the mind from straying from the middle and becoming absorbed in one side or the other; becoming unbalanced. As I sit here writing this post, I find it difficult to remain in the middle.