Once there was a man on a long journey who came to a river. He said to himself: “This side of the river is very difficult and dangerous to walk on and the other side seems easier and safer, but how shall I get across?” He built himself a raft out of branches and reeds and safely crossed the river. Then he thought to himself: “This raft has been very useful to me in crossing the river; I will not abandon it to rot on the bank, but will carry it along with me.” Thus he voluntarily assumed an unnecessary burden. Can this man be called a wise man?
This parable teaches that even a good thing, when it becomes an unnecessary burden, should be thrown away; much more so if it is a bad thing.
Meditate upon the things you are carrying on your back that are not necessary. This includes even such things as useless and unnecessary discussions. Consider the changes in your life that would lighten your load and allow you to proceed at a brisker, freer pace.
Peace and Light,
Patience means holding back in your inclination to express your emotions when somebody upsets you or makes you angry, or when something causes you to become fearful. Don’t repress or frustrate yourself. Just take a deep breath and go into a calm internal space and be patient long enough to logically consider your response.
Ask yourself: How do I respond in my best interest? Don’t attempt to be right, don’t act irrationally and don’t say things you will regret later. The idea is to win the game. Consider nothing else.
The young martial arts student is taught to keep his mind like calm water because in the reflection he will perceive everything within striking range. The student also learns that anger muddies the water, increases his odds of losing and puts him at a distinct disadvantage because he can no longer think clearly.
Practice being patient when you are inclined to extreme emotions, such as anger, fear, adoration and anxiety. Connect your index finger and thumb in the circular “mudra” position as a reminder to be patient when you are tempted to act or speak too fast.
Peace and Light,
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