TURNING ARROWS INTO FLOWERS
On the night of the Buddha was to attain enlightenment, he sat under a tree. While he was siting there, the forces of Mara shot arrows at him to distract him from becoming enlightened, but with awareness he turned their weapons into flowers.
Traditional teachings on the forces of Mara describe the nature of obstacles and how human beings habitually become confused and lose confidence in their basic wisdom mind. The teachings on the four maras provide descriptions of some very familiar ways in which we try to avoid what is happening. Like the Buddha, it is possible for us to turn these arrows into flowers. Rather than trying to get rid of an obstacle or buying into a sense of being attacked, we can use it to see what we do when were squeezed. Do we close down or open up? Do we feel resentful or do we soften? Do we become wiser or more stupid?
It’s weird because I remember the days when I felt so alone. I remember feeling like I had no one to talk to, like everyone was better off without me around, like my presence was unwanted and feeling like a burden. I remember feeling like I needed someone’s approval to feel good about myself or to do something that I wanted to do. I felt like I had no control over my emotions. I was all over the place because I had my own emotions and I would try to mock other people’s emotions. Once you understand what you are feeling and why you are feeling it you develop a whole new super power and you can get back to your true self. I feel that children already are who they want to be, they cry when they are sad the laugh when things are funny they speak their minds without a second thought, they wear whatever they want too. But somewhere along the line we lose it, we start to suppress anything that makes us different. Start acting on how you feel, say the things you want to say, wear whatever you want even if you have six favorite styles. Find a way to make your own style. Do the weird little hobbies that you did as a kid, listen to new music. Be open to everything you will find new experiences and you will attract like minded people. But it all starts with you. Work on yourself, pep talk yourself when you need it. I pep talk myself pretty much every day even on little things. You have to be your own best friend. If you feel alone, if you feel like your friends are not as genuine, if you have toxic relationships (spouse,family,friends) take time to yourself. Learn to enjoy your own company. When you can get back to being your true self you will find the happiness that you thought you were missing. But it was there all along. It was just suppressed because somehow we believed the people that told us we didn’t deserve to be happy. But we do. You do. And you owe it to yourself to live your one life (that we know of) as carefree and as happy as possible.
Trek through the Sherpa villages of Nepal, where one hears the heartbeat of the Himalaya. Lodge to lodge travel allows for extra comfort and relaxation at the end of a long day’s hike and tasty, nourishing meals.
Trip - Everest Lodge to Lodge
“Nowadays humans live more closely together, so their relationships have become more complex. Their desire for material things becomes deeper and stronger. Their thinking is more complicated, and consequently there is much more suffering than ever before. Even the kinds of suffering in the world have become complicated as humans come up with new weapons and new ways of hurting each other. We hurt the air, the water, the grass, the trees, everything. Humans cut down whole forests, and take away the green belt. We pollute water, air, and the ground. Humans always say they want freedom, but actually they’re the number one dictators in this world. It’s very important now more than ever that human beings wake up”. #Buddhism#wakingup#philosophy#love
“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.” -Unknown ☀️
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