When I first heard this statement, I thought, what? and how? Buddhist philosophy teaches you to be compassionate, to have empathy and to live your life in a virtuous, kind way, only wishing and bestowing the best on others. I’m sure at the root of most religions the true lesson is the same. However, Buddhism also teaches us to detach from results and have no expectations. So, if you are like me, this is a very hard lesson to learn. How do you balance caring for someone but not being affected by them when you feel like they have let you down. This has probably been my hardest challenge.
It’s certainly not an easy thing to do. The other day, I was reading a story about a very well known actor who said he suffers from depression. He said his issue is that he has a lot of empathy for others and finds himself immersed unwittingly in their issues and feels overwhelmed by their sadness. How awful 🙁 He said he over analyzes everything and this mentally wares him down. Sound familiar? Similar to my last blog post, the quote I heard a few weeks ago helped me put this whole scenario in a bit of perspective. This is no easy task especially for someone who suffers from clinical depression but every little bit helps. Post this sticky someplace where you can see it!
” Learn to separate the mind from the difficulty that surrounds it” .
This is something I have to practice every day so that I can stay focused and determined. I love how there are hidden answers (or maybe not so hidden) to our concerns and issues all around us, we only need to be present and aware and find that motivation to be better. xo