Being the Mountain
As I hiked up the path to the Peaceful Valley Chapel, I relished the quiet of my early morning solitude. After a lot of years as a participant and assistant instructor at Thomas Crum’s Journey To Middle Program, this stunning and energizing ten-minute hike had grow to be a personal ritual. Every morning of every Journey to Middle week, before our breathing and meditation session at 7, I often hike for the top of this tiny mountain to be inspired by the view of a significantly higher mountain range inside the distance.
I stare at the 14,000-foot peaks, open my arms and breathe, inviting their energy, power, beauty and peace into my being. I contrast their stability and their “just there-ness” with my own approval-seeking energy, their effortless poise with my striving to do the proper thing, and their natural and graceful essence with my desire to appear knowledgeable and attractive and centered.
Could I possibly just BE? Just like the mountain? There.
That turned out to become my practice this year – and I let the mountain be my teacher. Every single time (well, most times) that I discovered myself in striving or approval-seeking mode, I stopped, breathed, and thought about the mountain. Assumed about just BEING – like the mountain.
Each time I practiced, I felt my body come back to a relaxed stance, mind clear, my being at rest. It was as if I had been leaning forward – out of myself – searching for something, someone, to become okay. As I believed of the mountain, I came back again to center.
Is there a place that helps you return to your very own powerful presence? Your requirements are met, you might be okay just the way you are. Come across it now – in your office, your home, your cubicle. Bring your mountain back into view. And have a great journey to center.