June 2017 | The Middle Road

I recently came across some words that really spoke to me. I have no idea where they are from, but they fell in to my lap at just the right moment.

"The Rainmaker walks in the middle of the road, neither held back by the past, nor hurrying toward the future, neither lured to the right nor to the left, but allowing the past and the future, the outer world of the right and the inner images of the left all to play upon him while he attends, no more than attends, to the living moment in which these forces meet."

How do we find the middle road in each and every moment? I am sure that if we knew how and did it well, our lives would be very different. I believe our lives would carry a peace, a flow and a contentment that all ancient cultures speak about.

So how do we find balance between having a goal, but not being attached to it? How do we find balance between having confidence and being humble, between ease and effort, between diligence and overwork?
How do we give attention but not so much it becomes obsession? How do we balance considering the past and the future without indulging in it so that we don't lose the present? First we must notice it is happening. Only then can we use the awareness to change it. Its likely you are not walking the middle road when you just plain feel bad. That's generally our first clue that something is off and its time to get back on track. Sometimes, we have to swing far enough in one direction to even realize we have gone too far. That's part of the growing pains until the swings become less. We learn about ourselves and discover through mindful present awareness what our middle road looks and feels like.

Sometimes the middle road means waiting for the right moment. One of the hardest tests in life is having the patience to wait for the right moment. Yet, patience is not the same as passivity, nor is it resignation. Its the ability or willingness to overcome restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place. Be at ease knowing that what was meant for you will never miss you, and what misses you was never meant for you. One day you will be at the place you always wanted to be. Keep moving forward, staying patient and seeking the middle road.