The Park Bench Resolution is an invitation to the practice of mindfulness and the use of the Park Bench and the playground Teeter Totter as a metaphor for the mind caught in a see saw dilemma of contradictory desires or commandments. Sitting on the Park Bench like a mother watching her kids play—the mind divided against itself—is mindfulness. The mother is intently aware of her kids, but doesn’t care which one is winning. She sees the duality and the fun of the game, but us, invested in one or the other side of the teeter totter is seriously intent in winning by suppressing the other side. This is like a mirror trying to erase its reflection. The two ends of the teeter totter are separate—each kid is is a whole world with its own logic and meaning—but they can’t be separated. The One that is Two.
When we are investing in desire and obeying commandments, which are always resisting something, we are identifying with one side of the TWO, and forgetting the ONE. It is only from the park bench that you can see the ONE that is two.
The Park Bench Resolution changes everything. You just need one insight the remove the suffering of the Teeter Totter. Just one glimpse from the gestalt of the park bench is all you need to turn the teeter totter from suffering to a playground game.