Balancing Act: A Writer Wednesday PostMarch 20th, 2013 | Posted by in Essays
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Equinox. Light balances the dark today. Eggs balance on their oval ends.
Soon the massive green scroll will unroll over the black and white landscape. Colors will breed in irresistible bursts. Windows will rise; our hive will grow social. But for now, inner self and outer self equilibrate. One sits, one acts.
Which is more important, inner or outer?
I’ve continued the meditation practice I reinvigorated in January. (Since I am called outward a good deal, my intuition prompted me to go inward to maintain my balance.) Watching thoughts fountain up in meditation is a bit like checking a Twitterstream or Facebook feed. As thoughts flash naturally in our personal psyche, similar groups of reflections, questions, images, and amusements flash through the public psyche at this funny new intersection of public and private: social media.
Like thoughts, one can lose oneself in social media. But like thoughts, one can choose what to ignore, what to retain, what to share. And one stream often reflects the other. For instance, I’m seeing more about meditation these days in the culture at large, and in friends teaching mindfulness to children. ( Among them, Zoe Sameth in California has a great relaxation CD.)
Which is more important, public or private?
less important than this?
Some things are showier than others. Public can be showier than private. Spring is showier than winter. Blossoms are showier than bulbs. But all are necessary aspects of larger truths—the truth of human beings, the truth of the seasonal year, the truth of the flower. The truth of the whole. The metronome holding the motion.
In this enlightening of the year, may you enjoy an outward spring gratifying to your senses, an inward spring deeply refreshing to your spirit, and a profound renewal of your whole self.
Is something awakening in you?