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Stop being a slave / 不做他人的奴隶

Chinese version below

  “If somebody can decide what should happen within you, this is ultimate slavery”—Sadhguru

It was a cool and breezy Friday morning.

I was walking along the street as usual towards the office, enjoying the refreshing air and maintaining presence of the mind.

Then, I saw sparkles from within the bushes and hence I stopped and took a closer look.

And I saw remnants of morning dews on leaves that were even smaller than the tip of my little finger.

But no matter how small the dews were, they were beaming with life, reflecting lights from the external and thus attracted my attention!

Many passers by passed by but none of them stopped to take a look at the beautiful and peaceful dews, who were exhibiting the calmness of life.

As I looked at them, I pondered for a bit and also spent some time capturing that tranquil moment, ignoring the puzzled looks of the other people.

And soon, I found my inner being feeling peaceful and serene, just like the few drops of dews on the leaves.

The dews were not bothered by the ignorance of passers by, they weren’t bothered by my love for them or even my intrusion too.

And most importantly was that they would just sit on the leaves quietly and peacefully, no matter if I gave them praises or mocked at their stupidity to hide in the bushes.

If they have their own destinies, then theirs were truly short, for they would be gone by the time the surroundings started to warm up.

But isn’t human life as short as this is then? As Buddha has said, life is just a matter of an in and out breath. And ridiculously, mankind has always allowed ourselves and our own emotions to be affected the words and views of the external world. And so we feel angry, or discouraged, or happy or sad, and leave our emotions to the hands of the other people, just like a slave.

I began to remind myself once again, that I shall not let how others think or say to affect my inner being, and keep as still as the dews did, be it praises or blames or even mockery, I will accept them as they are.

And by doing so, I hope to be like the dew, exhibiting life with peace and serenity, even if it means it’s just going to be self appreciation, because it is definitely better than living in the expectations of the others.

18.11.2018

Francis Lim

“如果有人能够决定你心里面发生什么情绪,那简直就是奴隶式的对待”——Sadhguru

星期五早上,太阳公公还没真正发挥它那烈焰般的火焰掌,算是风和日丽。

一如既往地下了巴士之后,一边听着音频,一边徒步走向公司,感受着大地更新的清凉,尽量保持临在。

忽然间,眼角无意间瞥见那一排不知名的植物里有着闪闪发光的物体,于是便停下脚步。

仔细一看,原来是几滴露珠附在叶子上!

叶子比我的小指头还小,可见露珠更是微小,可它们就是那么悠游自在地绽放着一丝丝的生气,并吸引了我的目光。

路上行人熙来攘往,十个有九个半都只是匆匆而过,有谁会去注意这些露珠正躲在叶子堆里绽放着点滴的生命?

只有我这个半梦半醒的路人才会对它们有一点点兴趣。

对着那一颗颗晶莹露珠,我深思了好一会儿,更花了一些时间把它们捕捉于手机里,不顾他人诧异的目光。

渐渐地,我的心情就像露珠一般,格外平静。

晨露,它们不会因为路人的忽略而黯然失色,也不会因为我的眷恋而绽放得更加清新,更不会因为我的惊扰而惊慌失措。

更重要的是,不管我对它们如何好言好语,或是诅咒轻视,它们都只是静静地躺在小小的绿叶上。

它们若是也有生命,那它们的生命是如此短暂,稍纵即逝,当温度渐渐提升,就被蒸发得无影无踪。

人生看似漫长,也不过是一吸一呼之间,可我们日以继夜地因为他人的言行举止而闹情绪,或是愤怒,或是自卑,或是欢乐,或是忧愁,搞得让自己的情绪变成别人的奴隶,所谓何来?

想到此,我提醒着自己,不再做他人语言思想的奴隶,尽量把心定住,保持一颗平静的心,不管是别人的吹捧或是诋毁,我都要处之泰然,那么我的心就会像露珠一样,晶莹剔透,哪怕只是孤芳自赏,也胜于活在别人的期望下……

18.11.2018

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