The vestibular system contributes to sensory information processes allowing for our sense of balance and spatial orientation to coordinate movement. Motion, equilibrium and orientation are largely an affair of the inner ear in complex functional-organic terms.

But what about metaphorically? How do we tend towards balance in our daily life choices. Must we listen for it? And is this even a relevant question? My suspicion is that the answer lies in asking more questions.

Might it not be the case metaphorically that being able to find equilibrium allows for more efficacious movement in life? Perhaps equanimity is also necessary in order to better orient ourselves in reference to the values we hold as most singularly important? Or is it the other way around? Perhaps we achieve balance by remaining in motion and by attuning our values and their orientation in a constellation of possibilities?

Pausing to think about ones own equilibrium, fulcrum points and psychic flexibility demands a great deal of self awareness. But an interesting way to cultivate this sense of self is to practice…with stones.

What can we learn from playing with stones? Surprisingly that things might not stack up the way expected. I invite you to come to your own conclusions.

Alternately, and another way to engage with stones is to try the Thich Nhat Hahn pebble meditation. Rest assured, you don’t have to be a child or a Buddhist to enjoy the benefits of a mindful moment with 4 rocks. Sensory awareness and play are transformational tools for everyone.

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