“You don’t find your ground by looking for stability. You find your ground by relaxing into instability.”
Image from Unsplash by Dominik Jirovský
Have you ever gone camping and had to sleep on the ground? Perhaps you were invited to a sleepover as a kid and the floor was all that was available.
How soft or firm is your current mattress? What qualities of this most important piece of furniture do you value most?
Do you recall the years of the water bed craze? As a proud early adopter, I still recall the initial instability and the “motion of the ocean” when we first rolled in each evening.
Where would relaxing into areas of instability in your life help you discover the stability you seek?
What pleasure and fun might be available if you simply learned to go with the flow more often?
“It’s when we step back from a single brushstroke, that we can see the whole painting.”
—Tamara Levitt, Author and Mindfulness Instructor
Barry and Rachel at Hamilton
When was the last time you attended a concert, a major sporting event, or perhaps a Broadway play? Where were you seated in the theater or stadium? Were you up front practically on the field or stage, back in the bleachers, or up in the balcony?
Recently I had the opportunity to see the touring group of Hamilton, with my wonderful daughter Rachel, who came to Michigan with our grandson Weston.
Our seats were in the balcony section. Surprisingly, we enjoyed both the show and this particular vantage point, which gave us the opportunity to take in the show’s entire spectacle. In some moments, we chose to zoom in on certain scenes with a pair of binoculars.
Where in your personal or professional life would there be great value in stepping back from the daily brushstrokes of life and take in more of the painting of your entire world?