4. jun. 2014

It is all about balance...rocks and mind

Some weeks ago I found some "stacked stones" at the beach.  I HAD to touch - I was sure they were glued together.. They were not, and fell over, I felt really bad about it!
My latest rock balance at the beach of St. Helene
That was the start for me... I had to try to balance rocks too.  Luckily, I live near a beach where there are plenty of stones!
I usually go for a walk with my dog Anton each morning - after my morning meditation.  Some days I change this.  No meditation before the walk.  But meditation during the walk, i.e.  I stop if I notice a stone that is calling my name. And then I spend some time balancing ... This is as good a form of meditation as any. Meditation is for me connectiong with the place within where total silence abides.
With the rocks it is a question of finding that special point where you instantly know - it clicks - like the "master of balance art"  Michael Grab explains here:
“The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of ‘tripod’ for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks.
By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters.
Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
I found Michael Grab when I googled "balance art" and this guy is a total genius I think.

For me  it is not all about balancing rocks.  It is about balancing my mind..