[When] balance comes of its own accord…
[it] has tremendous beauty and grace.
You have not forced it, it has simply come.
By moving gracefully to the left,
to the right, in the middle,
slowly a balance comes to you
because you remain so unidentified.
By KM Huber
Osho’s words remind me of Michael Singer’s observer: “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind. You are the one who hears it” (The Untethered Soul).
I find his image of the observer quite helpful in finding the balance in any moment but especially in those where I am on the edge of right or dropping off far left. As the observer, I have an immediate distance and thus, a broader perspective.
The distance between the ever evolving thought and its concrete representation—my word(s)—moves me closer to the center. I am not identifying with the left or the right as I move to the center but I have yet to do this, gracefully.
Each of us has our own unique way with moderation, and at one time or another, we struggle with it. Why? We have to let go of what we have to receive what we are given.
For me, moderation is elusive. I struggle for balance; at times, my struggle is painful. When I become aware of pain, however, is when I cease suffering from it.
I aim for even on the day I have rather than going in search of the day I want. To me, that is the grace of moderation.
It means keeping the “big picture” in mind. Whether we are discussing diet, climate change, or the world future generations will inherit. And that’s difficult to do. In terms of global issues, the big picture now looming is an ominous one.
In seeking a balance for a better world—finding moderation—we have to change the way we live, maybe even who we are. Balance—the measure of moderation—is a constant shifting, an adjusting to the world as it currently exists. That will determine the world that is yet to come.
Often, the task feels overwhelming, especially if we anticipate a future we cannot know or gnash our teeth over a past that cannot be changed. All we have is the moment to gracefully move a little left or right to maintain our balance.
We begin with observing the life we know best–our own—ever aware of doing no harm to no thing to no one. Then, we move gracefully to the right or to the left as life arrives only to leave again. And when we leave, ultimately, both left and right are increased rather than diminished.
KM Huber is a writer who learned Zen from a beagle. She believes the moment is all we ever have, and it is enough. In her early life as a hippie, she practiced poetry, and although her middle years were a bit of a muddle, she remains an overtly optimistic sexagenerian, writing prose. She blogs at kmhubersblog.com, may be followed on Twitter @KM_Huber or contacted by email at writetotheranch[at]gmail[dot]com.
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