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Journeying out
scsosho | 23 Nov 2011

When journeying out, if we learn to maintain calm, we learn the secret of ever happiness.

YOU WOULD not have missed it, although not grasped it as clearly, I suppose. When you go out, you are in one mind and when return, in other. The anxiety witnessed when going for an appointment is not there when returning from it. The ill-feelings carried before taking on opposition for any objections is absent soon afterwards. The excitement before beginning a new journey is not there on returning. And so on. If every time we return to the quiet from the anxiety or excitement of the new experience, why get anxious or excited in the first place?

The anxiety is out of our expectations, not out of the fact of the matter. When we see the truth, anxiety vanishes, peace returns. Only if we learn to see beforehand the tantrum mind plays in the face of challenge, the calm would remain; the hardship, avoided. The same is true for the excitements mind creates expecting enjoyment.

The lesson is clear. Each time anxiety or excitement starts to build up, be sure it would pass over soon, not to lose your calm for it. Why let the mind rough up us? Rather watch it from a distance, its waxing and waning.

The smaller incidents in life, which appear to threaten at one time, turn out inconsequential at the end. The indication is clear: all life is a game, play it fully well, but not take it too seriously. One chapter closes, another opens up soon afterwards.

So, when journeying out, if we learn to maintain calm, we learn the secret of ever happiness.