By all conventional description, it would appear at times as if we are living in an increasingly brutal, desperate and chaotic world.
Just looking at the news today – a woman the same age as me shot and stabbed to death on the streets of Yorkshire in a brutal attack defying all semblance of sense.
Earlier in the week – 50 people massacred in cold blood in a gay club in Orlando, just for living their lives.
The temptation is to respond by becoming consumed by anger, drowned in desperation, or cocooned in numbness.
Yet experience shows me that all of these ways of reacting bring nothing. Achieve nothing.
Every single day it becomes increasingly clear that the only way we are ever going to grow up as a species is if we take a long hard look at ourselves.
It is this support – to look unflinchingly into the heart of what is going on in myself and in the world, to find the courage to meet it fully, to face it fully from a place of clarity and integrity, and to educate myself in the single most powerful resource of my own innate peace, stability and open intelligence that is exactly the support I have found in the Balanced View training. THAT is why I am immeasurably grateful for everything that my participation in the Four Mainstays has given me.
Familiarity with this innate stability is what grounds me, empowers me and motivates me to embody my capacity to meet reality on its own terms. To see all that is going on in the world, feel it fully, and rather than become overwhelmed by it, gradually discover the strength to encounter it all with an open heart.
Balanced View has never for a second attempted to offer me an airy fairy quick fix to magically eradicate all of my own and all of the world’s problems overnight.
Instead, it has very soberly and directly offered practical support to trust my own direct moment to moment experience and gently notice that there is something essential in each and every one of us that is stable, aware and at peace.
The more I rest as that myself, through the simple practice of short moments and all that supports it, the more it becomes clear how a return to the integrity, peace and natural compassion of this indivisible openness at the heart of who we are, is a solution evolution is presenting us for moving out of this mess.
My experience of Balanced View has simply been of an elegant and comprehensively thorough means to access this resource within myself, one day at a time, and share my own strengths with the world in a spirit of natural generosity and uncontrived openness. The gratitude I feel within my own life for the benefits I have received from this are immense and incalculable.
I look forward to sharing more of this incredible gratitude, and more of my direct experience on this blog whenever I next have the opportunity to write.
With Love and profound gratefulness to my teacher, root teacher, and community for supporting this in me, and all of us always,