How often do we carry things for months, years and even decades, they clog our minds and our hearts and we repeat and repeat and repeat in our mind the wrong that was done to us. We cannot forgive and cannot forget and fill our heart with heavy stones that slow us down. We live with the hand break on and we cannot use our abilities to the fullest. We are afraid, angry, sad and just cannot let go. The chains of past upset are holding us down.
Here is a story for you:
A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.
The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.
Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his journey.
The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.
Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”
The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”
Unburden yourself of the past, so that you can fully free your potential. Be unafraid.