I’m going to go back to a moment I had meditating this morning.
On my mind this morning were the ups and downs of life. We all experience them and know them well. They are truly inevitable. As I continued to pull myself back to my breath when my mind would wander I was able to see a strong parallel between my thoughts and what happens to my body as I focused on deep breathing.
With each deep breath my chest would rise to nearly full capacity and then it would slowly deflate to empty.
Up and down.
The more I let my mind sit comfortably with my worlds meeting each other, I had to smile. Think about this…
Life’s ups are generally regarded as positive. While life’s downs are perceived as the negative or harder side of things.
Upon observation of my breath I realized when my chest was full of air (up) it was slightly uncomfortable and a little strenuous to maintain. But that contradicts up being positive. And yet when I let all the air out of my lungs (down) I felt a freeing release and it felt warm & calming. Again contradicting how we generally view the down.
Are life’s ups and downs simply mindset then? Do we have to judge one as negative and the other as positive?
Or can they just be avenues we take on this journey called life.
Can we truly appreciate one without the other? What is up if there is no down? And what does down actually mean if there is no up?
They’re both a part of this thing called life.
Up. Down. Life is beautiful.