“ ... Can't Believe how you set me free
The way you purify this soul don't you know
Ohh, Tell me what you want
Lose it all take the fall
Let it ride
As long as I have you at my side
Tired of singin to myself
I need a lesson
I need a blessing
Ohh, tell me what you want ... “
~ Bamboo ~ Truth ~
It can feel at times that our environment is one extreme or another. It can feel busy, overwhelming and chaotic. So what if we adopt the idea that the truth can be found in the middle, right in the heart of this chaos? What if we can find stability and a sense of peace in the center of problems we encounter?
Emotionally charged conversations and opinionated views fill our lives. With this, it is hard to distinct and understand what IS and many triggers can result in blaming others. If powerful enough, it can damage and destroy years of connection ... or it can dissipate altogether from a lack of emotional energy or changing the environment surrounding it.
The middle way begins with courage and patience and can result in love, compassion and clear thinking. This begins with probably the one of the most difficult things I am trying to practice ... not taking things personally. When we are comfortable with who we are and our life, we become less affected than someone who is at odds with themselves and feels insecure. Because when we are unsure, we feel the need to prove a point. The more comfortable and secure we are within ourselves, our hearts and minds, the less we will let external events or the opinions of others affect who we are.
Patience and love for oneself and others can help us learn to step back and find that truth, that middle way. The middle way provides a means to the center of calm, that it is accessible, regardless of your challenge.
... Spending time looking within has helped me to see the baggage I’ve been carrying around so long. They are old and heavy and stuffed full of old habits and self doubt. They cloud my vision and cause me to react before I’ve had a chance to look at a problem from another perspective ...
And so the middle way is between the extremes of indulgence and self-denial, free from sorrow and suffering. It is about learning to embrace the change rather than seeking resolution. We let ourselves open and relax in the middle and we discover, life is manageable. We realize that it is not our task to create the ideal, it is our task to see how it is and to learn from the world as it is. And we understand that for the awakening of the heart, conditions are always good enough.