Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What They Don't Teach You in School.


“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.” ~ Neil Gaiman

I really love this quote, by author Neil Gaiman ~ a little something on life and of living.

It reminds me of a Buddhist story, the one in which an mad elephant charges wildly through a crowded street, forcing all in its path to flee in terror.

But, the Buddha remained ~ sitting quietly, waiting.

And when this mad elephant turned all of its massive rage towards Buddha ~ the Buddha sat peacefully in meditation...smiling, and calling the elephant nearer.

The elephant, was so overcome by the Buddha’s radiant kindness, that he knelt before him - bowing his head in a most gentle reverence. In this moment, violent rage is overcome by tenderness.

Spoiler alert ~ the story isn't really about a charging elephant, at all...rather, this story is about how we may free ourselves from personal suffering by simply changing our 'view' of this world.

And that, my dears, is a little something they don't teach you in school ~ to feel peace in each moment, whether there are charging elephants or too many hours spent inside the four walls of a very drab doctors waiting room.

Our happiness and bliss is always something we control.

Namaste, my most beautiful friends...