A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Past, resent and future are one

Everyday we encounter new situations, meet new people, think new thoughts, and many other actions. Yet they all share a karmic link to a past life.  either it will be a blessing or a hardship according to what we have earned. If the event is the result of our bad karma, then we have a choice, to respond in kind, resulting in further bad karma in the future. The alternative is to work through the suffering, trying to be compassionate to other beings in our time of suffering. By maintaining an attitude of metta, we can earn good karma while ridding us of the results of past wrongful actions. When we are experiencing the results of our past good actions, we have a choice, we can hoard it to ourselves, or we can share it with the world around us. If shared it multiplies and we earn some more good karma. Most of us have someone in our life who is special, a girlfriend, wife, mother, father, children, someone who we trust to never harm us. At some point we may find ourselves in pain from actions this person has done. We can choose to react by striking back, to repay the hurt, or we can show them compassion. Every good person at some time will do an action that will bring dishonor to themselves and their families. Revenge does not help them to overcome their issue, and it just means you will also suffer in the future. Instead shower them with forgiveness, understanding and compassion. For if you can love them while they are at their worst, then they will realize that what you are truly valuable and dependable, and will help give them the strength to overcome their challenges. Radiate Metta to those we encounter, and they will feel the effect, even if it does not show today, or tomorrow, but at some point, just as a seed will lie dormant until the right time to germinate, the love we give today will blossom when they are ready to receive it. We give the love, without expectation of it being returned, we do it because they need it. When we can give love without expectation, then we have truly learnt how to love. If there is someone in your life, that has hurt you, and you still feel the pain, tell them that you love them, it will help them, and you will start to release any pain you feel. Love conquers jealousy, pain, confusion, anxiety and many other afflictions.

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