Archive for August 22nd, 2007

Temporary Plateaus

It’s easy to take the low Path - it’s all downhill (or at least it’s flat and easy to walk)! But what of the Path that climbs and reaches for the mountain’s summit? Requiring dedication and stamina and perseverance, it’s not always the easiest route to take. It often taxes body, soul, and mind, proving to be strenuous in ways we had never considered and are difficult to define. There are those among us however, who are driven to seek the rewards of the climb - driven to see beyond the clouds, to seek the eagle-eye view of the world, unsatisfied with the physicality of the Earthly realm. And the rewards are great - to live life instead of watching it pass by, to treasure the moments that we exist on this plane, honestly connecting to each other the way we were meant to…

But even those of us with the most discipline and stamina require little rests along the way… not just to catch our proverbial breath and to re-energize, but to take an opportunity to reflect upon the trail we’ve traveled so far. Sometimes as we climb, the perception of distances and the relationships between things can be misleading and even a bit disorienting. Yes, it can be tempting to stay on the ledge for a while, enjoying a certain shelter from the metaphysical elements, but sooner or later, our muscles tire of being unused and we long to climb again. And by looking out over the edge of the plateau on which we stand, we often discover new perspective on the World and an appreciation for the Path behind and the Path ahead, and with this we find the encouragement to continue the climb once more.

Ultimately it is the climb -the Path itself- which helps us become who (and what) we are meant to become. And should we reach the summit of our particular mountain, the metaphysical muscles we’ve developed from our climb allow our wings to unfurl so we can soar to the next mountain…

Namaste.