When we are mindful of our own conditioning and we take care of the place where we contact the world, we offer the world protection, not by trying to change it, but by listening to a flower growing.
For the most part the glaring and destructive conditioned mind behavior that was in control for most of my life seems to be in a place of idling. I would never say the conditioning is gone because just by labeling it so would give it the needed energy to return. It’s very important to see what’s in place as being our point of contact with the world, but not make it into a story. Here’s an anonymous quote that illustrates this perfectly. “We live in a world torn between wanting to listen to the sound of a flower growing and wanting to ignore the sound of the sky falling, but sometimes just being sensitive enough to the first process, we acquire the energy necessary to prevent the second” end of quote. In stillness all truth arises.
Now here’s a story: A long time ago there was a king who went for long walks daily, he would walk the same route everyday for miles. One day unbeknownst to him at the time, he stepped on something and his foot become infected. When the infection cleared up, he ordered his servants to carpet the route he walked with leather. Overwhelmed with this order, one of the servant suggested he wrap his feet in leather instead of the entire route and hence shoes were invented. The point of today’s article is to show how one only needs to focus on being mindful of themselves, not focusing on saving or trying to change the world, the more mindful one is of their own behaviors and actions, the more things around them will change.
One will never prevent the sky from falling or have the entire world carpeted in love, but one can listen to their own heart, not be a part of the noise of what falls, and just take care of themselves instead of being overwhelmed trying to change everything and everyone else. When we are mindful of our own conditioning and we take care of the place where we contact the world, we offer the world protection, not by trying to change it or by ignoring that the sky is falling, but just by listening to a flower growing.