Keep it simple!
This week I decided that we needed to just keep it simple. One thing that has become all too apparent is that there has been a significantly elevated stress level in our country, that seems to be reaching a fever pitch. It seems that the combination of the upcoming election with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many of us to our breaking points.
This week, I just want to share a story that I came across on social media, as a reminder that we all need to focus on loving one another, rather than focusing on the things that tear us apart.
One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”
Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead, he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me because I bought the gift.” The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”
“If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.”
I hope that you all have a great weekend, and that you remember to get rid of your anger and love one another!
Movement is my medicine,