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,