Tuesday, November 10, 2009

by daring to lose my balance i keep it

(remember how little and cute they were?)

St. Benedict tells me to run to Christ. If I stop for a moment and consider what is being asked of me here, and what is involved in the act of running, I think of how when I run I place first one foot and then the other on the ground, that I let go of my balance for a second and then immediately recover it again. It is risky, this matter of running. By daring to lose my balance I keep it.

~ Esther de Waal ~

from her book

Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality

In yoga standing motionless on one foot requires constant micro movements and adjustments to keep one's balance and remain motionless. Running demands that we continuously lose and regain balance, staying in constant motion. In either case, constant motion is required.


blognut said...

Excellent quote. I always knew I was unbalanced.

Also? In yoga, I thought the goal was to remain upright in those balanced standing poses, not motionless. I've been doing it wrong! :)

Deb Shucka said...

And it's the balance poses I have the hardest time with. :-) It was really great to meet you at Carrie's. Love the picture of the kittens. Yours?

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Hmmm... Yes. Thank you.

SE'LAH... said...

Love Yoga...even my daughter is doing it now.