Sunday, August 19, 2012
Two Simple Words
First though I need to say that I have had way too much anger over my last relationship that did not work out. I have not been able to sleep for the past week because I have had this weighing on my heart. Then, a few things happened that made me realize I can't go on being this way. First, I am reading this book called You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a Zen Buddhist. He says we are to BE love and compassion but we are anger also and that is natural. We can transform that anger by recognizing it and then we can let it go. I was having a very difficult time in letting it go until last night when I recieved a few texts....one of which said he was very sorry and he said a few other things that I will always hold in my heart.
I posted the above quote on my Facebook wall yesterday...without thinking much about it. I did not even realize it was from Thich Naht Hanh until later in the day. I realized here I was putting these quotes on Facebook but not really living them. The above says.....When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deep within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment: he needs help. I was angry at someone who was suffering when instead I should just feel compassion.
The first noble truth of Buddhism is suffering. The Buddha tells us to look deeply at our suffering and embrace it in order to understand it and the path of healing and transformation will present itself to us. I am such a beginner to all this but I have to start somewhere. No path has ever felt so right for me. So here I am at the very beginning of the road about to start on a new journey and who knows what I will find?