One day the Buddha was sitting in the wood with thirty or forty monks. They had an excellent lunch and they were enjoying the company of each other. There was a farmer passing by and the farmer was very unhappy. He asked the Buddha and the monks whether they had seen his cows passing by. The Buddha said they had not seen any cows passing by.
The farmer said, "Monks, I'm so unhappy. I have twelve cows and I don't know why they all ran away. I have also a few acres of a sesame seed plantation and the insects have eaten up everything. I suffer so much I think I am going to kill myself.
The Buddha said, "My friend, we have not seen any cows passing by here. You might like to look for them in the other direction."
So the farmer thanked him and ran away, and the Buddha turned to his monks and said, "My dear friends, you are the happiest people in the world. You don't have any cows to lose. If you have too many cows to take care of, you will be very busy.
There is a story I heard long ago of the oyster floating up to the surface at the very auspicious moment that the moon beam was shining down on the surface. That moon beam created some small change in the oyster.
The oyster then sank down back to the floor closed its shell and patiently created the pearl.
Not unlike the pearl we must have silence, time and inward reflection to create our beauty. Once we experience something extraordinary it is ours and ours alone. So often we rush out to share our greatest moments on Facebook, or text a friend or try in some way to explain to the world what just happened.
What would happen if you silently kept it to yourself and allowed it to grow and teach you?
Allow your experiences to seep into your consciousness, to alter your way of being or way of thinking and then just be that, just be your new natural self.
Yoga is an experience of allowing a more natural, unpretentious self to shine forth in the present moments. This is a philosophy of Sukha...