Following the Heart’s Intuition

“The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play. Their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body. Their education and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.”

I can’t emphasize enough the value of following your own sacred intuition.. those deep down feelings and spiritual excitements. By doing this I have learned to relax in the face of uncertainty, to exist in the moment more easily and throoughly… Balancing Rocks teaches many disciplines.

The balance pictured here took about an hour, maybe two, to realize.. All I know for sure is that it took so long that I almost gave up several times. Not because I was doubtful of the possibility. Rather, I was certain of it’s possibility. However sitting still with arms raised and bracing the tension, in a freezing creek, definitely speeds up fatigue.

The most difficult part of this balance was the slippery faces of the rocks.  They really do not cater much to flinching and small slips… barely even for small adjustments.  The smallest rock in the middle was the most crucial piece and the most slippery. Placing it just right to support the huge weight above consumed much of my patience… BUT. it FINALLY worked.

Actually the four top rocks collaborate into an extremely complex, system of balance… One peice slightly adjusted by fractions of a millimeter will yield collapse… mostly because the top rock is so massive in comparison.  (and BEAUTIFUL)

Photography and perspective plays an integral roll in recording the elegance of a balance.. For this one, I was able to capture the best angle on ALL the balance points by shooting from far away with a minor telephoto lens.  Shooting from far away will always give a better perspective on the collective balance.. and for me the telephoto view seems to give a more intimate character in the balance..  Not a rule, just a pattern.  If you feel like trying, just go out and do it and I imagine you’ll discover a new enchantment. :)

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  1. Your “work”/art is truly astounding, and inspiring. I just found you, as you were highlighted in one of the Non-Duality Highlights Newsletters posted this week. I am mesmerized watching your videos. Just watching you do this creates a “pause” in the mind, brings the “divided mind” into an undivided state of focus. And in doing so reminded me of how important “focus” is – not in “efforting” to focus, but the Flow of focus when working/creating from an intuitive, experiential space… As you called it – “nurturing meditative presence.” I need to explore this more myself. Because what you do inspired me so much, it actually precipitated a blog post called “Focus as a Gateway.” I included links to your site and You Tube video. Am delighted to have found you! Christine

  2. Beautiful piece Michael, in the same vein as your work with the stones. Love it.

    I was wondering whether the opening text was a quote or original…not that this would detrect from its truth and beauty.

    All the best,


    1. Hi John, the quoted part in the beginning is NOT my original writing, however it did inspire the subject of this post.. :) I wish I knew the original author… I originally found the quote in a meme on facebook.. btw, thank you for the comment and question. :)

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