Thursday, 3 December 2009

Letting Go

According to Japanese legend, two monks were walking down the road when they saw a finely dressed young woman standing before a large mud puddle. She explained that she had no way of crossing the water without ruining her clothes. Without saying a word, the fist monk picked her up in his arms and lifted her safely across.

A few hours later the second monk said in an accusatory tone, “How could you have picked up that lady? Don’t you know that the rules strictly forbid us to touch a member of the opposite sex?” His friend smiled and then replied, “I pit the woman down back at the puddle, are you still carrying her?”

Like the second monk, many of us are still carrying old hurts, resentment, and lost opportunities that we picked up many mud puddles ago. As long as we remain stuck in the past, we cannot hear the inner voice which speaks to us in the present. Thus, in order to tap our in-tuition, we need to release and heal our issues.

By following the example of the first monk, we can put the past down and continue. See your past experiences as teachings that have guided you precisely to this present moment.