Could this be the ultimate form of active meditation?

WHEN I WAS in Malaysia last June for the Borneo International Jazz Festival I went on a jungle trek with my fellow travel journalists. I broke away from the group at one point, waded down the river to a rocky bank, and proceeded to leave a bit of Canadiana: an inukshuk.


My inukshuk left in the Borneo jungle

On numerous hikes and travels I’ve also come across many balanced rocks like those seen in the video above. I’ve tried balancing rocks like that. It’s bloody hard. The focus, awareness, and attention required is definitely a meditative state. All else must be silenced; stillness is mandatory.

The founder of the website, Gravity Glue, and creator of the art, is Michael Grab. As he states on his page,

For Me, it is very much a meditative art, but also a display of Nature’s beauty. When I started, I found it a perfect way to bring ordinary objects in nature to life. Leaning into the rushing water of the creek, they acted as a reference for meditation. Balanced spirit inspired balanced spirit.

Another lesson he learns from his art of rock balancing surrounds death and impermanence. He says, “many people become easily attached to the rock formations, and the fact that I photograph most of my creations can attest to my own struggle with letting go.”

I know what I’m going to be trying the next time I find myself on a rocky river bank.