Let's ask our awareness to remain present and active as we soften.
These basic states of energy describe the matter that makes up everything you see - your body, your friends, that willowy willow and whispering palm, the dog snoozing in the corner - as well as the mind matter that chatters at you.
We might look at our personalities from this perspective and notice how we're all manifesting in a dynamic play of these forces. Sometimes, we're sluggish or stubborn. Sometimes, we're a bit wild and untamed. Occasionally - and isn't it sweet? - we show up calm, compassionate, peaceful.
To me, this lovely state of peace is the soft place. It's that neutral territory where the fast meets the slow, the lazy meets the frantic, and both are acknowledged with appreciation for the efforts made to arrive. We find ourselves resourceful and understanding. We might - for a moment - find ourselves witnessing the fantastic interplay of the fast and slow energies and realize that we don't always have to participate in it. We can, instead, simply watch. Softly.
In this peaceful place, we might even glimpse a moment or two of bliss.
So, how do we cultivate this soft space? First, we notice how we're doing. If we're spinning, we find ways to grow mellow. If we're lethargic, we might find ways to move. We create the neutral territory where fast can meet slow without resistance or debate. And then... we practice.
Often, we deliberately or ignorantly feed the forces that hold us inert or send us in spirals. We may be feeling anxious and choose to move even faster to get more done. We might feel low, smoke some pot, and find ourselves even lower... stuck in the folds of the couch.
These aren't practices for getting sleepy, though that may happen. And that can be a very happy result for someone who is agitated. These are simple practices to bring our energy into the sweet balance of present awareness. We aren't distracted by our spinning mind nor our heavy thoughts. We're simply soft and alert.
The most challenging part of each practice is the choice you make to do it. And then to do it again. Remember, these are practices. We become skillful as we explore them. We grow stronger as we repeat them. We learn more as we practice.
Fortunately, once you've encountered the space of soft alertness, you'll experience the joyful peace of it. I find that I become immediately grateful in this space. I thank all of the forces for allowing me to exist with the world around me. The experience becomes an inspiration to return.
Will you listen?