A wise woman and her young disciple were walking down the street. Suddenly, out of nowhere, an angry man in a carriage drove haphazardly by the two, insensitively pushing the woman out of his way. She landed in a ditch filled with muddy water.
The woman yelled after the man in the carriage, “May you have everything you want!”
The disciple, surprised by the wise woman’s response, said: “I’m confused. Why did you say that to a man with such horrible behavior?”
The woman replied, “Because a happy man wouldn’t have thoughtlessly pushed a woman into a ditch.”
If you want to liberate yourself from anger and bitterness, try the following.
Here are 5 tools help you find inner peace of mind.
Whenever angry feelings about a person who’s harmed you enter your mind, tell yourself: “We are all good, loving souls who occasionally get lost.”
Pray for this troubled person to find their way back to a happier place—in the same way the woman in this story prayed for her offender.
If you allow your self-image to be at the mercy of unpredictable events and unreliable people, your happiness will be forever on a chaotic roller coaster ride!
Happiness must always be an inside joy!
Whenever you are tempted to focus on all the ways the world has done you wrong, instead count your blessings.
Check out my Instant Happy Journal – with specific “happiness prompters” – to help you focus on all the good stuff in your life.
Many Buddhists consider huge difficulties to be a sign you’re an old soul—the bigger your misfortunes, the closer you are to enlightenment.
Whether you believe this or not, it’s certainly cheery to reframe all your life’s bad events as tests of your character.
If you feel particularly tested right now, ask yourself what the heck you’re being tested for!
What strengths must you develop further?
Now consciously go out there and develop these traits!
If you’re going through a challenging time, remind yourself that this specific event is merely a part of your life—not your “whole” life.
Nothing is everything.
Consciously keep this “slice of life” perspective, and don’t let the event overwhelm you.
As the song goes, “The best is yet to come!”
Still contemplating revenge? Recognize that the best kind of revenge is living a successful, happy life.
If you train yourself to consistently be more loving in thoughts and actions, your energy will attract more positive people and positive results.
As Albert Einstein said, “You can’t solve a problem by staying in the same energy in which it was created.”
To stay focused on highly positive thoughts, repeat the single word, “Forward!”
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