“Many of us are not capable of releasing the past, of releasing the suffering of the past. We want to cling to our own suffering.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Daily Nugget of Gold 1129
No, this is actually not about the killing we spoke of yesterday, the sixteen year old who stands accused of killing a taxi driver- no, this is about the killing of something important to us on a personal level- the killing of our chances of having personal success and the accumulation of wealth in all forms. That’s not to belittle the crime, however. One reason why that crime occurred is because natural law was not at all understood by the perpetrator and maybe even the victim here.
We caution folks that we are not speaking in terms of just money here, but all forms of wealth including harmony in human relations, sharing one’s blessings with others, an open mind towards all subjects and all people, and a positive mental attitude to name a few of the non-monetary forms of wealth we mean. Money is important, too- just not as important.
In our last session we spoke about how people commenting on news articles written about that crime were mostly turning their rage to the page. We are also quite sure that a great many folks talked about the callous disregard for the taxi driver’s life and family, and what a moral outrage this was. Our concern here is that by getting into a negative or hateful emotional state we actually cause more conditions in our lives to come our way that will keep us there.
The circumstances, events, and people in our lives are influenced by what’s in our heart. Hating someone for committing an act of violence is an internalization of that hatred within our own heart. What we have within ourselves must- by natural law- become expressed somewhere in our own experience. It can be expressed in our lives as disease, as inharmonious relationships, as monetary loss- but somehow and in some way- this weed is going to grow and take over our otherwise pristine garden. Justice can and should run it’s course. That has nothing to do with what we are talking about. People commenting or conversing in fits of rage do mostly damage to themselves and their own families. Most folks don’t see it that way. They believe their rage is justified due to the nature of the crime.
Considering the Martin Luther King Jr. quote we gave last time, why do you suppose he stated that hate cannot be driven out with hate? Why do you think he said only love could do that? Our next session will illuminate a better choice than indignant rage. See you then!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to remove hatred, frustration, and anger from my heart?
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