The Middle Way.

Via Tobye Hillier
on Aug 26, 2010
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Which way is your way?

Ok, so I’m just back from the pool, had a lovely swim (about 40 lengths, but whose counting), and a sauna. But while I’m sitting in the sauna, I’m thinking to myself: there are three lanes in the pool; slow lane, intermediate and fast lane. These are completely self-regulated. Which seems to be a huge lesson from a yogi/inis point of view.

You see, if I’m an average swimmer (but I think I’m less than average), I’m going to choose the slow lane. Either I’m going to either get slightly frustrated that people can’t keep up with me and they keep getting in my way or I’m going to puff out my chest and think I’m a great lad for being quicker than everyone else.

If I choose the fast lane, thinking that I’m an ubercool swimmer, then I’m either going to get in the way and upset folks or (and this is a good one) I’ll wait till there’s nobody in the fast lane before I go for a swim.  That way I can’t be proved wrong in my self-proclaimed abilities.

Yeah I know, I should probably try to meditate in the sauna rather than thinking so much.  But, I always choose the intermediate lane myself, mainly because Buddha said that the middle way is best!


About Tobye Hillier

Originally from England, Tobye Hillier has lived in Ireland for over 17 years, living in a small seaside town called Greystones 20 miles south of Dublin. A qualified Karuna yoga teacher (RYT 500), Tobye also plays a pretty darn funky 5-string bass guitar and likes to sing in other peoples' showers. Empathic and intuitive, He likes to bend Yoga to suit people and not the other way around.


3 Responses to “The Middle Way.”

  1. YogiOne says:

    Works for swimming, but not cycling. The Buddha would have been a poor cyclist. On yer left.

  2. tobye says:

    Like it YogiOne!

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