For me, I cannot help but to think it's what we make it . . . or don't. What's real for some may not be real for another, and what's not real for some may be real for another.
As a Buddhist I believe reality is how I see things within my own mind, it's not what's outside of me, in other words it's not external, it's only how I perceive things. Therefore I believe each and every one of us has their own reality depending on how they observe things within their own mind.
Which brings me to a prior post I posted called . . . My Haiku Poem which might clarify what I was thinking for some, when I wrote that poem.
Other than that, I'd like to share with you, A MUST SEE VIDEO, I found on YouTube today!
Some people may think I'm foolish for having compassion for all sentient beings, which is their choice, but I feel if everyone would rid themselves from the coldness they feel for others, there wouldn't be the war there is today.
Then there are those who may think I never get angry, well, let me just say, there are plenty of times I get angry, as a matter a fact, I may be one of the angriest people there is, but when I recognize the anger, I realize it's like a paradox, seeing it's not who I truly am.
I believe we're all interconnected with the living, no matter if that's a tree, flower, or whatever that may be, or who we are, for I believe we're all equal, and that no one is better than anyone else.
The other thing I believe, is there is no end, once we leave these bodies we're in, our life keeps carrying on, but for those who believe different than me, I'm not here to tell you you're wrong, you have the right to believe as you will.
I've been away for awhile from posting, seeing my mind has drawn a blank as to what to write, going places with my wife, out to eat, weightlifting, and watching over and over short documentaries of Eddie Pepitone, put together into a movie called The Bitter Buddha. Watching and listening to Eddie Pepitone, has truly placed me in a happy mood.
I'm not angry or bitter towards anyone but, by my seeing and hearing Eddie Pepitone, I've been given so much clarity.
Yesterday my wife and I went to a secondhand store where I purchased two speakers that were compatible to connect to my laptop. Afterwards . . . we went out to eat again at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants for their noodle soup. Oh . . . and before that, I bought a sterling silver earring for my pierced hole in my left earlobe, seeing when my wife and I joined in marriage over thirty one years ago I wore one then, and decided I'd wear one once again.
Lately I've been around somebody that keeps lashing out at others verbally in an uncouth derogatory way, which is very unsettling. The thing is it's only unsettling to the listener if they allow it to be, which is something I've been sucked into, like so many others who have come into contact with this, somebody.
But after analyzing this somebody's situation at hand, I'm learning to no longer be this somebody's bait, for I've come to realize that this somebody gets their strength . . . so they think . . . by feeding off of others by trying to belittle them making this somebody feel stronger. Therefore, I've learned to have compassion for this somebody, because it's obvious, this somebody's hurting inside, which may very well be the cause for this somebody to be lashing out the way this somebody is.
Even though my heart goes out to this somebody, this doesn't necessarily mean I'm always going to be feeding their pain by outwardly showing this somebody the recognition their looking for, seeing I believe this might only intensify the false pride they're in, but even so, my heart will always be there for this somebody.
Many years ago I was invited to sit in to listen to an elderly Buddhist give a talk in a small worn out looking house. There were no chairs to sit on; about ten of us were just sitting on an old carpeted living room floor. When entering that house a woman greeted me with a hot cup of tea and told me I could join the others in the other room, which of course was that living room. When the elderly Asian man started giving his speech there was an Asian woman translating what he was saying into English, which I really liked seeing I wouldn't have been able to understand what he was saying but, even if there wouldn't have been that translator I believe I would have still felt the peace I felt that evening, seeing it was flooding all around me.
The message that that elderly Buddhist said that truly stood out to me was when he said something like, "We as Buddhists don't condemn others for what they've chosen to believe when it comes to religion, their spiritual beliefs, or try to convert them over to our beliefs, we show love and compassion for all sentient beings."
When I left from there that night that peaceful energy that was flooding all around me, left with me, which was with me for days on end.
I've been learning more and more on how to let go, for instance, the things I cannot change that I'd like to, but cannot, I've learned to let go, for we cannot control the things that are out of our control, so why not just go with the flow, staying calm, and happy, in the moment we're in.
I don't care what your religious beliefs are, spiritual beliefs, what your race is, if you're an atheist, what your sexual preference is as long as you're not molesting someone, raping somebody, or killing others, my heart goes out to all, seeing I feel we're all interconnected.
Being the Buddhist I am, I believe any kind of killing is wrong, even if it's a small insect, for that creature wants life just as much as we do, and if one gives thought, no matter how big or small, where is the compassion in killing.
I believe harming anyone is wrong, whether it's physically, or even by the words we so decide to choose.
Some people like to pray, which I'm also not against, it's just as a Buddhist, I might have a different way of praying then some.
The other thing, I believe very strongly in is karma and reincarnation, for I believe we're all responsible for the actions we take, this is one of the reasons when I have wronged any sentient being I ask them to forgive me in person if at all possible, if not, my hope is that they'll hear my heart.
In an earlier post I made an Announcement where I mentioned the way I used to be. If you'd like to read more, just click on the underlined link above.
Then in my post . . . What Is It, I mentioned about the object you see to your left, which you can also read more about at this link above.
If you have hate and anger bottled up inside, please rid yourselves from this, changing to having compassion for all sentient beings, even those who have wronged you, for it's not worth harming yourselves with such hate and anger my friends, or anyone else for that matter.
Today my wife and I walked to pay our phone bill, on our way back, I saw this object partially sticking out of the ground in our yard that I've seen before, that seems to keep calling out to me, that's about a foot in diameter that's really heavy. I told my wife I have to dig it out, for it has been calling out to me for quite some time now, I don't know what it is but, I suspect I'll find out soon.
What do you think it is?
Be patient in all things, have a peaceful and happy holiday, and mindful in each moment you're in my friends,
I used to hate certain individuals that wronged me along with much anger inside but, not anymore, for I came to the conclusion that such animosity wasn't only creating havoc on others but, perhaps hurting me most of all. Instead of feeling this ill will for others now, I don't, my heart goes out to all people in hopes they'll become free like I have, ridding themselves from such hate and anger. I feel compassion for others is of great importance, for I believe we're all interconnected. I'm no better than anyone, for I have wronged people as well, which I now truly regret but, all I can do is try my best to become a better person for all those around me and far.