Ajahn Chah, a Buddhist teacher, was walking one day near the monastery with some monks. There was this great big stone. He said:
“See that boulder there. Is it heavy?”
And the monks said “Yes!”
And he said “Not if you don’t pick it up.”
A stone is one thing … a word is another. Here are some words that, when put together, are very heavy indeed:
1. I can’t remember names
2. It’s going to be another one of those days
3. It’s just no use
4. I just know it won’t work
5. Nothing ever goes right for me
6. That’s just my luck
7. I’m so clumsy
8. I don’t have the talent
9. I’m just not creative
10. Everything I eat goes right to my waist
11. I can’t seem to get organized
12. Today just isn’t my day
13. I can never afford the things I want
14. I already know I won’t like it
15. No matter what I do I can’t seem to lose weight
16. I never have enough time
17. I just don’t have the patience for that
18. That really makes me mad
19. Another blue Monday
20. When will I ever learn?
Don’t you get tired when you read this stuff?
There’s another way … leave the stupid rock on the ground!
2 thoughts on “Lightening Up”
ahhhh again your wise words totally resonate with me! I decided I had been doing some pretty serious whining and ranting the last few months, about a few things! so not productive. my conclusion was I needed to stop whining, my inner me needed a challenge and deadline. the challenge, no more whining for the entire month of July! oh my gosh that totally turned my thinking around! I have been sleeping a bit better, and thinking less negative. no whining. no whining is what I hear in my head now. the mind is a crazy thing when you listen 🙂 or maybe it is just getting out of my head that has helped! thank you for your wise words.
I love it that you’re letting go of whining, Donna. So exhausting being in the middle of that. Waydago.