TEXT: There is this idea in spirituality that life is supposed to be balanced, free of thought, free of emotion... in short, free of all aspects of the smaller self. But we are HERE for the human experience and that includes the smaller self. This "high road" ideal is most often a cop out. We may naturally develop less and less reaction to the events of our lives. We may develop perspective and hopefully wisdom, too. But this is not about creating an opt out. It is about diving in. It is a "What is REAL, REALLY, here?" From that, if there is balance in the moment, great. If there is only balance in the very long run, in the far perspective, that's okay too.