The Middle Way in Buddhism is a term to describe something not unique to Buddhism, but is a concept embodied within Vedanta, Zen and more paths. Is not a path of apathy, compassion from a distance and inaction, used as a protective mechanism to keep oneself safe. Buddhism is about releasing the whole, the world, from its suffering including oneself, so that cannot included looking away from the pain of others and thinking it interferes with one’s own spiritual path. The Middle Way is a beautiful mechanism to ensure we are not becoming zealots, and extremists, as well as sitting between indulgence and asceticism, self denial and self indulgence. It’s about oneness, not about duality. It’s reconciling the minds need to always have things in opposites, a bringing of things together to create harmony and peace. Right now, with racism, it’s is an otherness – a duality, separation. So if you consider yourself even remotely spiritual, or desiring too be a better person, you are being called on right now. To honour your and others humanness. To work harder to support those that need it. Pick one area you wish to focus on, and go for it. You can make pivotal change I promise you.
Written with love,