I Am Rooted, But I Flow

Some weekends are about poetry analysis or paraphrasing with my sister and pondering over philosophical ideas and spiritual discourses. Today was one of such days. Nothing cliché about it, it is just something we sisters thoroughly enjoy and connect deeply with.

I would like to share with you some of the profound thoughts I read in The Speaking Tree someday.

“A dimension beyond physicality has infused itself into this wonderful mechanism that human body is. This dimension is the very source of life. It is this that truly makes us who we are. This is why human beings seem to live in a constant struggle between the physical and the dimension beyond.
Though you have the compulsiveness of the physical, you also have the consciousness of being more than just physical.

There are two basic forces. Most people see them as being in conflict. One is the instinct of self-preservation, which compels you to build walls around yourself. The other is the constant desire to expand, to become boundless. Material versus spiritual. One force helps you root yourself well on this planet; the other takes you beyond.

The article goes on to explain that this desire to transcend physical limitations is very inborn and is the very basis of any spiritual process. And there is a conflict if there is an imbalance; else this paradox is very natural. Now deriving from this thought- I have always wanted to go away from home, travel, explore, away from the roots and places of comfort; but then I have also had an urge to stay back where I am, or to return to my comfortable corner in this world. Such is the contradiction of life, dreams, and desires.

I am experiencing so many seemingly conflicting emotions these days. The need to engage and the yearn to quietly detach. Willing to detach and let go but wanting to possess. The wish to go and that longing to stay back. That overwhelming urge to give in and open up to all those tumultuous emotions, write and bleed on the paper, and that recurrent appearance of the wall that holds me back. Reading this article did answer so many lingering doubts.

Does your mind wander in the similar fashion? Do share your musings.


  1. An interesting analogy and yet, its the very principle that governs us and our emotions. Sometimes our feeling contradict themselves and only then we venture to ponder on the issues which were beyond our comprehension.
    Deep thought provoking post...I enjoyed it. :)


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