A Western Buddhist's Travels

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Letting go to achieve Freedom

I have touched on this topic in parts in other posts, but will tie it together a little here. When we truly realize and accept that we can’t control others, thoughts, speech or actions, we have taken an important step towards freedom. We can not predict the circumstances we will face later today, tomorrow, or next year, nor can we go back and correct mistakes in the past. When we learn to live in the moment, to savour all it’s flavours, bitter or sweet, salty or bland, we find our mind more focused. If there is a wrong we did in the past to someone, that we can right, then we should apologise and if possible make things better. However we need to be mindful of the other persons feelings, for in some cases bringing the past to mind will cause more harm to them now. Everyday, every moment we should try to be the best we are capable of. To do the best with what resources we have. To do all of this with out complaining or making excuses. If we can help another without harm to ourselves or family, then we should do so. If we have a debt to someone, something we promised to do, or give we should make it right. If we have told a friend, oh I will get the bill next time, when they have paid, that is an obligation. Or if we promised to mow someone’s lawn, but only mention it when its pouring rain, not do it while the sun shines. By doing that which we have said, we are letting go of obligations rather than carrying them with us. If we are holding a grudge, we need to forgive the person, and think positively about them. My goal for the next while is when I remember an unfulfilled promise, or offer, I will make it a priority to get it done.

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