(Vide0 link HERE.) We don’t recall who alerted us to the amazing Michael Grab, who is a master at balancing stones. There are many videos of him making his incredible ephemeral sculptures, but we are struck by this one taken from HIS point of view. You can see how he feels the rock, patiently waiting to find the balance of a giant rock on a small round stone.
Having spent hours balancing rocks at beaches and in streams ourselves, we know that it is an extraordinary practice that involves losing oneself, and becoming one with the task at hand.
Recently, a friend gave us a set of small stones with which to practice balancing. We find they provide a curious challenge and perspective, like meditation.
We would reach a certain height…
…and then…lose our balance, and the stones would spill down, ready to be attempted again…
Then we’d find ourselves feeling the stones more acutely, their balancing point, until gradually, patiently, we’d find it and set the last rock on top.
It is a wondrously gratifying feeling…the stones, and ourselves, balanced.
And then we’d find how easy it is for them to fall out of balance.
Years ago, we spent an entire day on a stoney beach balancing stones with a friend. When we left that evening, as far as you could see were stacks of precarious sculptures, like some living beings. We came back the following day to find almost everyone knocked over by the tide. Which of course was part of the joy.
You can pretty much balance stones everywhere. Recently we came upon this extraordinary sculpture in the park across the way: