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生活,是一面镜子 / Life is a mirror

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人生之途,总是坎坷,心境也总是随着环境而改变。

那是因为我们忽略了环境给我们的是考验,是我们毫无准备,措手不及,以至于被生活环境所奴役。

若是能够时时保持觉知,学会逆来顺受,懂得如何放手,生活便会对我们宽容以待。

佛说:“当你快乐的时候,你要想,这快乐并不是永恒的;当你痛苦的时候,你也要想,这痛苦也不是永恒的。”

以此为实,佛陀想要告诉我们的是,这个世间没有什么是永恒的,一切都是无常。

境由心转,秋天可以让人感觉苍凉,也可以让人感觉浪漫;

相由心生,心生慈悲,再丑陋的脸也会让人感觉和蔼可亲;

当我对着自己被剃光的头颅,总喜欢用手轻轻抚摸,越看越喜欢,忽然觉得自己似乎变帅了!

其实不然,只不过是做了一件好事,心情也跟着豁然开朗,面相也容光焕发了。

生活,是一面镜子,我们如何看待它,它就会如何看待我们。

若是我们对它微笑,它也会以此回报一个微笑,不多不少。

人际关系与情感维系不也如此吗?一颗心捂着捂着就热了,放着放着就凉了。

若是期待受人欢迎,或是情感进步,与其等待别人对我们示好,何不如先把自己的心胸放宽,以诚待人。

将一颗心放在手心慢慢捂热,以关怀,慈悲,爱心,诚意去呵护,情感即便不会进步,却也不会走向渐行渐远渐无书的地步……

11.06.2018

林顺源

Life’s journey is uneven, and our feelings and emotions follow suit.

But what we have neglected is the fact that a situation, be it good or bad, is a test for us. We are slave to life because we have not learned to be prepared and hence we stumble when this situation is not to our expectations.

If we can be mindful and aware, learning how to row the boat against the river flow, learning how to let go, life will be kind to us.

Buddha said: “When we are happy, we have to know that it will not last; Similarly, when we feel down or painful, we have to realise that it will not last too.”

What Buddha wished to tell us is that this sentient world is impermanent.

Often, the situation changes according to our feelings, autumn can be a season of reaping but can also be a season of desolation.

There is a Chinese saying that goes: our look depends on how we feel. If we fill ourselves with compassion, no matter how ugly we are, we look amiable.

As I look at my balded head daily, I love to touch and rub it gently as I begin to love how I look, feeling handsome.

As a matter of fact, I have not become handsome, but I have a great smile flashing on my face as I think of the good deed that I’ve done.

Life is a mirror. It depends on how we look at it and what we get in return is how we feel about life.

If we smile at life, it will return with a smile too, no less no more.

The same applies to human relationship and love, doesn’t it? A heart will continue to feel warm when we put it in our hands and keep it warm, but if we leave it aside, it will soon turn cold.

And if we wish to be liked by the people around us, instead of waiting for others to like us, why don’t we just let down our ego and treat others with sincerity?

With sincerity, compassion, care and concern, we build a relationship that will not deteriorate, if not improved.

11.06.2018

Francis Lim

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