The Middle Way and Barking

Bark at everyone

Or lie down for tummy rubs

How shall I greet life?

If we bark at everyone, we might get a one-way trip to the pound. If we’re always lying down for tummy rubs, we might get stepped on by burglars. Which is better? Looks like maybe we need to find a middle path.

Although the Buddha’s teaching about the middle way originally pertained to the extremes of overindulgence and austerity, this teaching applies to everything in your life. Pay attention to extremes developing in your own life. If too much running and playing is wearing you down, get some sleep. If you’re sleeping too much, run and play more. As for barking, I try to keep it to what Master calls “tolerable levels.”