One day a little boy was digging sands on the beach using his small hands. When he was asked what he was doing, with an innocence smile the little boy replied: “I want to put all water of ocean into my small well”.
The same thing happen to many people in this age. Life and God are as wide as the ocean. But the human mind is similar to the small well. Sadly, the advancement of education in particular make some people arrogantly believe that they can understand everything by using mind alone. The result is predictable, there are countless alienated souls everywhere. People feel uncomfortable in their own bodies.
A friend who spent his life for decades as a consultant to various large companies, as well as deeply understand the inner secrets of many corporate organizations shared a story, there are many people whose minds are very strong cause dangerous mistakes. They do not just make the organizations suffer, but also make a nation suffer.
Some of those people whose minds are too strong they even died at a young age. And they left many wounded souls behind. As we can see everywhere, the too strong mind is like the collection of stones. Consequently, they easily cause conflict here and there. In the story of some professional organizations which are full of people with very strong mind, every time they meet some of them even throwing the chairs.
Suicide rates and the divorce rate which rise everywhere, the increasing number of people who have drug addiction, they are all have connection with strong mind. One of the important feature of strong mind, they keep hoping that the others should behave according to what they expect.
In meditation sessions some of them honestly open their secrets. Meditation students who attempted to commit suicide many times, disciples who are infected by dangerous diseases such as cancer and stroke, they are all characterized by a very strong mind. Such kind of mind do not only create problems outside, but also create problems inside. Consequently, many people have deficit of energy that can easily lead them to stress and illness.
And before life plunged into a dangerous valley, let’s learn to train your mind to be more and more flexible. As the flowing water in the river, they do not only have less conflict with the others, but they also have less energy to be wasted. As a result, it is not only the body which is healthy, but the soul also grow into a beautiful way.
One of the important quality in this case that should be developed is the respect to differences. Quoting from a certain holy scripture: “ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanthi”. The truth is one, but the holy souls give it many names. Let’s look at the cow dung. For people who do not know farming and grow in the city of alone, cow dung is dirt that must be totally removed. But for the farmers in the village, cow dung is fertilizer which really needed by the plants.
The same thing happens with different views, different ideas, different disciplines as well as other differences. To the very strong mind differences are dangerous enemies, but to the flexible and water like mind differences are seeds that can grow into rainbow of peace. While the strong mind put life into the boxes of right-wrong, true-false, the water like mind learn to synthesizes the bad and the good, the true and the false into the seeds of light. It is similar to what happened with electric light, the synthesis of negative-positive produce bright light.
As a simple yet deep foundation of daily activity, smile is very helpful in this regard. When someone smiles diligently and honestly, the muscles of the mind is getting more and more flexible. At the same time, there are less energy to be wasted. To be frank, smile is also a kind of inner synthesis of negative-positive which can produce inner light. And at the top of the smile, the soul find nothing but peace.
Author: Gede Prama.
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