On the 6th day of 2017, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Middle Path. I hope that you thoroughly enjoy it!
"The Middle path
We all remember the story of Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus in ancient Greek mythology. Daedalus a master craftsman wanted to escape from Crete and fashioned for himself and his son wings made out of wax and feathers. He gave a warning to Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, or too close to the sea, but to follow Daedalus’ path of flight. Icarus got caught up with the wings, flew too close to the sun, the wax melted and he fell into the sea and drowned. There are significant insights from this story to help guide us.
We, many times on many levels, want to escape one situation or the other. We want to make a change in our job, in our living situation, in ourselves. We sometimes feel as though we are trapped in a circle that we cannot escape, in circumstances or in relationships that no longer serve us.
Some of us never attempt the flight and stay in the jail, stay in the circumstance, stay locked up in our self imposed prisons.
Others however, experience some inspiration from a person, book, song, or piece of art. We feel as though we can make a change, we can break free, break through the fear barriers and fly to the sun. So we lose sight of the goal, with reckless abandon and get caught up in the flight, lose the reason for the journey and the sun melts our wax and we fall again into the sea and our dreams seem to be drowned. We then tend to lose faith and miss the great lesson.
Yet some of us decide to try the flight, but are scared of the heights and decide to stay low, not fully commit, or put real effort into the flight. These also are captured by the waves and our dreams are drowned. It may seem that all is lost but fear not.
Fear not, there is a way to freedom, victory, to achievement, to a better life, to a fulfilled life, to a balanced life, to achieve our dreams. This way is called the middle path, by making the wings, facing the fear, taking flight, yet not venturing too close to the sun, and yet staying away from the ocean beneath.
We have to remain conscious and awake, to discern when the wind changes, when the sea is rough, keeping our eyes on the vision, because the middle path also changes as we seek to follow it. The path can also keep us balanced as human-beings. The intricate balance between the being; spirit, ethereal, vastness, and its opposite, human; grounded, physical and basal nature.