Pure Salt

From Mark Nepo, “The Book of Awakening“:

“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is enlarge your sense of things…Stop being a glass, become a lake.” – Hindu master to apprentice

I remember a few months ago – in 2014 – having started to try to take things into perspective without freaking out, coming home enraged. Teresa asked what was wrong, and why I was so upset. “Traffic,” I spit out, gnashing my teeth…”You know, I realize that I’m trying to be all Zen and whatnot, but I don’t give a damn what you say, if you put the Buddha in Austin traffic at 5 p.m., even he would tell someone to suck a dick.” And then, I thought that he probably would, because these are different times and even a being of pure peace can become upset about things.

The main difference is perspective and how you deal with the frustration. Now (again, I try) I smile at traffic, find an interesting podcast to listen to, and cruise my way home. As I’ve told Teresa, “I don’t have to punch-in when I get home, I’m not late, I’m not docked pay, I’m just arriving home. Why do I have to break my neck to speed home, why not enjoy my commute and unwind.”

A small example of a glass becoming a lake. Enjoy your day.

-AC

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