Precipice Preparation

If you can’t anticipate a precipice, be prepared to land on your head. I’ve grown up believing that a precipice is a high before a fall. For me, I’ve always seen an abyss at the end of a precipice. I usually gravitate to the Middle Way (as in the Tao) — no super highs, but no downer lows, either.  Have you been raised not to get your hopes up? Does caution and height aversion still serve? If the answer is yes, join me in learning to rise above our habitual precipice aversion. We can start by anticipating an adventure from a safe distance. We can imagine falling down, and getting back up again. No risk, no gain, no falls, no pain. I’d like to tackle that tall precipice, but in the meantime, I’ll start by climbing some short hills.

 

Be Calm Without a Qualm

What’s a qualm? A “daily post” word that is both calming and disruptive, a slight ripple on a tranquil surface. All lakes are qualm-y by nature, as are our decisions, thoughts, and actions. Have no qualms about it. The mind is like a lake. It is up to us to calm or stir the surface to get to the bottom of some thoughts. This process, if we follow it through, takes us past turbulence to a still, quiet place. It’s a meditation that allows us to go deep, from qualm to calm.