Balance. Being evenly distributed. Remaining upright or steady.
For an “all or nothing person,” balance can be hard or tricky.
Let us picture a young horse. He’s saddled up, raring to go. His rider gives him the go-ahead. He takes off, but then, his rider tugs him back. The horse thinks: “I thought he wanted me to go?” He becomes confused and disappointed. He stops walking. The rider urges him forward again, but at a walk. This is not what the horse expected when he was told to “go.” He feels disheartened.
As they continue to walk along, he begins to notice things that he hadn’t before on this path. Things he had missed while tearing by at a gallop. A sweet patch of grass. A garden of flowers. Forest friends. He begins to feel a rhythm with his rider. A camaraderie. He starts to sense his rider’s feelings, his desires. The horse feels an inward focus that fills him with joy and peace. He feels safe and at one with his rider.
One day the horse and rider come to an open field. The rider guides the horse over to a pond. He encourages him to drink. The rider wades into the pond and starts to swim. He splashes the horse and calls him in. The horse is slightly confused. “What is this?” He wonders. “Why is my rider swimming and splashing? We still have walking to do.”
The rider comes out of the water, and approaches the horse. He rubs his head, and starts to remove his bridle. He removes the bit from the horse’s mouth, and the saddle from his back. The horse is suddenly unencumbered; he is light and free. This feels strange. He had come to embrace the feeling of following his rider’s lead; of the security of the saddle, the bridle and bit.
Suddenly his rider starts to run across the field and laugh. Instantly the horse finds his feet moving across the ground swiftly. He chases the rider. He feels the wind. He feels overwhelming joy. This is what he was meant for! To run, to be free! He approaches the rider. He nuzzles his hand. He understands. This is also what he is meant for. To be still. To be loved. To be connected. To be balanced.
The horse feels an enormous capacity of love for the rider. He’s grateful for all he’s taught him. He ponders the journey he’s been on. The journey that is still to come. He trots over to the rider. He nudges him – it’s time to get going. He welcomes the saddle, the bridle, the bit. He cherishes the feel of the rider on his back as they set off.
As they obtain a steady pace, the horse and the rider pass another rider on a young horse who is racing and stopping, racing and stopping.
The horse neighs gently. His rider nods and smiles and pats his neck…