Seeking stress reducing tools? Here’s one of my favorite strategies to think happier – along with a memorable and powerful Buddhist tale.
Have you undergone a very distressing experience? Or are you caught in the chaos and crossfire of a range of challenging things?
Is so, try switching your lens on the world!
Here’s a quickie Buddhist tale on this topic to explain what I mean by “switching your lens.”
Plus I include a simple stress reducing tool – to inspire you to think happier.
One day a very wealthy man took his son on a trip to the country, to live a few days on the farm with a very poor family.
Upon their return, the father asked his son, “So, what did you learn about what it means to be poor?”
The son answered,
“I learned that we have one dog. They have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden. They have a creek with no end. We have imported lanterns. They have an abundance of stars at night. We have a small piece of land to live on. They have fields that go beyond our sight. We buy our food. They grow theirs. We have walls around our property. They have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
“Yes, Dad,” said the son, “You showed me how poor WE truly are.”
It’s a great reminder that you must decide (right now!) to open your eyes a bit wider.
As Marcel Proust said:
“The voyage of true discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.”
Grab a journal or a piece of paper .
Write at the top of the page these words:
Take 15 minutes to brainstorm new ways to think about whatever is getting you upset.
With “new eyes” and an open mind you can create a new reality.