We live in two dimensions of being human, which can be called horizontal and vertical. In the horizontal aspect, we move across the surface, getting from here to there. If you look out at the ocean, you can see the surface with all the chop and the waves and so on. That’s one dimension. And that’s useful. It’s good to get from here to there. But there’s another dimension, which is the vertical—when we drop under the surface, under the churn at the top of the water, and we let ourselves descend down, down, down into the still, dark, quiet at the bottom of the ocean. Ultimately, we find a way to do both: to be engaged in horizontal movement, engagement, activity, without losing contact with the depths of our knowing, the depths of our being.
 
Pamela Weiss, Our Women Ancestors: Finding a Way Out of No Way
Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss

Spirit Rock Residential Teacher

Pamela Weiss is a Buddhist teacher in Theravada and Soto Zen, and the author of, "A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism." She has been practicing since 1987, including several years of Zen monastic training and retreat teacher training through Spirit Rock.