The Desktop & The Mountain Top

The Desktop & The Mountain Top

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The view from the desktop is the same as the view from the mountaintop.


True if the desk is located at the window of a monastery on a mountaintop in Tibet or at the triple glazed window of a luxury chalet on a mountaintop near Gstaad.

What if the desktop is located in the bowels of a corporate building in the depths of the city or at the window of a house down a crowded side street?  The same.

The view is the view.  The response is the key.  Sat in the lotus position, I wish, on the desktop mirrors sitting in the same position on a mountaintop.  If the environment differs the choice of how to respond in and to the different locations is the same.

‘Yes, but I’d much rather sit in the lotus position on a mountaintop than on a desktop,’ unless the desktop was located upon a mountaintop.  Does the location matter?  It’s quieter on a mountaintop.  Is it?  Gales, blizzards the constant chatter of the mind, distractions from focus.  On the desktop there are the sounds of the city the sounds of the building expanding and contracting the constant chatter of the mind.  Is it strange that we take ourselves with us everywhere we go?

But the view, where would you rather be?  Sat in the crisp clear air on the mountaintop the pristine blue of the sky, the snow covered mountain peaks dominating the vista before you the air movement playing natural wind chimes over rocks and through crevices.  Or cloistered within four walls the view restricted by the building opposite, the day-to-day filling the air around with only the prospect of the same old same old clouding the vision.  No contest.  That’s right there is no contest.  There, there or there is still here and you are still carrying you with you.  The others persons ‘top’ is always greener.

Yes, but the mountaintop so free, pure energy flowing all around, the calmness of being thousands of miles away from there allowing one to tap into that natural resource, recharge the batteries meld with the peace and quiet no problems, far from those.  Frost bite, altitude sickness, unknown bugs, Yeti, the Tibetan or other mountainous region trots, soreness of muscle engendered by the climb up the mountain, the fog, the white outs, the intense sunlight, the fear of exposing the skin to the unshielded UV rays.

Yes, but sat on a hard desktop, psychologically harder than the rock of the mountaintop, the fears of stepping outside the front door, the cost of energy, unsympathetic colleagues, cash flow, dirty air flow.  Warm and dry habitat, buses, cars, trains, bike’s within easy reach, that expensive energy at the press of a switch or turn of a thermostat, warm water, a soft bed, easy contact with friends, abundant food and goods that appear on shelves as if by magic.

Here there anywhere, yield and follow the external forces.  By removing ego and excluding the will of what you want this moment to be you accept what is and so you are able to make the right move at the right time.  The forces are in play and you read them as they are, generated by what went before, you can’t change this.

Right moves born out of sensing and walking the middle way at the point of balance at the confluence of the paradox of yin and yang provides insight to allow right judgement of how to respond.

The yielding is not passive, it is active yet not an aggressive process to overwhelm, overcome, impose what one wants on another or what one wants out of a situation it allows insight to reveal what is required, to use four ounces to move a thousand pounds to achieve your aims without harm.  By opening to the situation without judgement, without a rigid expectation of outcome you are flexible to the changing circumstances, in harmony with the universal flow of things and able to use your power benignly to avert danger, reduce disharmony in yourself.  In so doing one other person might see the value in your response and seek to change.

Revolutions grow slowly fed by what people come to intrinsically, viscerally understand is right.  The successful revolutions grow out of what the present moment is not from domination dictating what the present moment should be whether by outside agencies or internal voices infused by what we’ve heard, read, seen or tasted marinated in the crucible of our mind.

Interactions within formal Tai Chi practice and the use of the principles in life whether contemplating upon the mountaintop or the desktop the principles remains the same.  The location is immaterial.  The responsibility for the response to the situation is our own, always our own.