Thursday, March 31, 2011
There may be no heavier burden than sadness. Some days it feels as if the sack we carry just gets heavier and heavier. When we look into the sack and see what is really in there we find brick upon brick of attachments. While each of those bricks represents people, places, or things that have been deeply important to us, our sadness comes from our hope that each will last forever. Deep down we know that nothing does, that everything changes and passes on over time. Yet, we cling to the notion that what we have will last and never fade. When those things do fade we feel sad, sometimes deeply and profoundly so. What we must do is let the sadness in; it is a legitimate feeling. To deny, fight it, or ignore it is not the answer. It is there and it is real. The only way to get past it is to embrace it and then let it go. Treat it like a wild animal. When we can cage them they become something other than what they are; they lose touch with their true nature. Set them free and they return to what they are. And so it is with sadness. Open the cage and let it go - - - in giving it its freedom you can return to your true nature. Sadness is a burden that keeps a person caged and away from who they are. I have and continue to know sadness and am always at the cage door pushing it out into the wild, into freedom. When I do, I too am free to return to my true nature. When I do I can then see things as they are: "just so".