Train in the Middle Way by Pema Chodron

The middle way is wide open, but it’s tough going, because it goes against the grain of an ancient neurotic pattern that we all share.  When we feel lonely, when we feel hopeless, what we want to do is move to the right or the left.  We don’t want to sit and feel what we feel.  We don’t want to go through the detox.  Yet the middle way encourages us to do just that.  It encourages us to awaken the bravery that exists in everyone without exception, including you and me.

Meditation provides a way for us to train in the middle way – in staying right on the spot.  We are encouraged not to judge whatever arises in our mind.  In fact, we are encouraged not to even grasp whatever arises in our mind.  What we usually call good or bad we simply acknowledge as thinking, without all the usual drama that goes along with right and wrong.  We are instructed to let the thoughts come and go as if touching a bubble with a feather.  This straight-forward discipline prepares us to stop struggling and discover a fresh, unbiased state of being.

This applies directly to our Qigong Stance of Power/Standing Meditation.

Thank yourself for your powerful practice this morning!

 

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