Thought for the day: The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are a wise man. [Euripides]
Then, there's the amazing balancing acts we sometimes see in nature. You may have seen some of them. Like this giant rock that seems to defy the laws of gravity.
And then there's a fella named Michael Grab. Since 2008, he's been doing some amazing rock balancing of his own, much of it in the Boulder, Colorado area. Part spiritual, part therapeutic, part art, he's managed to create some rock structures you've gotta see to believe.
Grab says the most fundamental secret to balancing rocks is to start by finding some kind of a tripod for the rock to stand on.
He says every rock has some sort of indentations, varying in size from very small to very large.
These indentations serve as the tripods, which either allow a rock to stand upright...
... or to fit in perfect balance with other rocks.
By paying close attention to them, he gets a feel for the rocks.
He feels the tiniest clicks as he brings the rocks into contact with each other...
... and their notches mesh.
It's as though he performs a sacred dance with nature...
... putting these rocks in their rightful places, into balanced relationships with other rocks. Creating asymmetrical symmetry. Forging connections between the animate and the inanimate.
Creating one-of-a-kind works of art.
Finding within himself a sense of peace, and experiencing a natural balance within the universe.
He says, Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.
Would you like to see him at work? There are many many videos of him posted on Youtube, showing him working his balancing magic all over the world, but most of them are copyrighted, and claim exclusive rights, so if you'd like to see one of them... or a bunch of them... check it out. I'll not infringe on his copyright by sharing it here. However, here is a short clip by another gentleman, just to give you a peek of the master at work. (He really rocks! Oh, shut up. Somebody had to say it, so it might as well be me...)
Amazing stuff, huh? How do your balancing skills... stack up?
Tell ya what. Ain't no way I'm playing Jenga with this dude.
For more info, see his website.
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.