Indiana Jones tells Marion, “It’s not the years, it’s the miles.”
I am told by the trainers at the Y that moderate weightlifting is good for me. But they also caution not to lift too much. I know from experience that the body can only take so much punishment – great running backs wear down, lineman can take only so much pounding, runners know there are limits before their bodies start to breakdown, the list goes on and on. Name your favorite sport and too much weight, too much pounding, too much stress on the body takes its toll. Teammates begin to show signs of too many concussions, too many blows to the head.
The heart and the soul have weight limits as well. Emotions like love, kindness, comfort, and hope are light and improve us as we work them out day in and day out. Other emotions can do more damage than a too heavy crossbar or a raging linebacker. Hatred, Envy, Bitterness, and Spite are not meant to be carried, certainly not over any span of time. We must “drop the bar” they represent lest we do lasting damage to our soul.
As we meditate, think about the emotions you carry from day-to-day and exercise those that are light and healthy, and avoid and discard the heavy emotions before they weigh you down and do permanent damage.