There is a place where it’s best to hang out and see what happens. To sort of just kick back and observe. In the learning process, this is especially true.
The trick is balancing this observation, this almost non-action, with the conscious striving for whichever effect is desired – the pushing of the weight, the hitting of the note, the fluidity of the line. The hardest thing about Learning may actually be achieving this balance.
At times, the best policy may be to grunt and push. Other times, doing less and “getting out of your own way” is most effective. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which side of the scale to jump to. Other times it’s not.
On any path to mastery, there’s a Sweet Spot. It’s here that a beautiful balance occurs, where reaching and observing meet and start to overlap. Here, Life seems easier, for a moment. We could be at the dry cleaners or we could be doing rocket science, but all of a sudden, for an instant, things just makes sense.
Of course, as soon as things start to make sense, they fade back to where they were before, and we’re back to the Game of pushing and pulling and grunting and observing. I guess the whole point is to get to where those moments of Clarity are not only more frequent, but last a second or two longer.
Once we’re there, of course, part of the fun is this feeling that we could have gotten there at any time, and we always knew how. This may or may not actually be true – but who cares? It’s the feeling that counts.