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    Once upon a time, long, long ago, there were 2 holy men traveling together through the countryside. They came upon a beautiful young woman sitting and sobbing
    Message 1 of 1 , May 24, 2012
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      Once upon a time, long, long ago, there were
      2 holy men traveling together through the
      countryside. They came upon a beautiful young
      woman sitting and sobbing by the side of a
      stream. She said she was afraid of drowning
      and asked them if they would help her cross
      to the other side of the water. Without saying
      a word, one of the monks picked up the girl
      and carried her to the other side of the stream
      where he gently put her down. She thanked him
      and went on her way. The two men then continued
      their journey. After a while, the monk said to
      the one who had carried the young woman,
      "How could you do such a thing? We have taken
      vows of chastity. It is forbidden to even talk
      to a woman let alone touch one."
      The other monk lovingly replied,
      "When I came to the other side of the stream,
      I put her down. Why are you still carrying her?"

      What have you been carrying around that you should
      have put down and left behind? Do you still harbor
      feelings of regret, anger, hate, disappointment,
      or any other negative adjectives or adverbs that
      apply, for events, people, or things that are not
      here, now? Why do you do this masochistic activity?

      Life can be equated with a boat ride taking you
      from one shore to another. As the boat goes across
      the water, it leaves a wake in its path. This wake
      represents your past. And just like the wake a
      boat leaves behind doesn't propel the boat forward
      at all, your past doesn't drive you towards the
      other shore. What's done is done if you will be
      done with it. If you don't face the front of the
      boat and place your attention in the present moment,
      you will not be able to avoid running into the
      icebergs and other potential hazards that could
      jeopardize your trip through life. Your karma is
      fulfilled and up to date at all times. Your clinging
      to the past and fantasizing about the future is what
      keeps you paying a karmic debt. Simply attend to this
      moment and witness the path your boat is traveling.
      This is action free of reaction and further karma.

      Relax. Melt into your most comfortable meditative
      posture. Focus on your breath and feel and witness
      its entry, retention, and leaving. Let your body
      establish a comfortable rhythm. Visualize your
      great grandparents in your mind's eye. See them
      be born, have events take place in their lives and
      eventually give birth to your grandparents. Visualize
      your grandparents be born, see them have events take
      place in their lives and eventually give birth to
      your parents. Visualize your parents being born
      and see them go through the events in their lives
      that eventually included giving birth to you.

      As clearly as possible, without reacting physically,
      emotionally, or mentally, allow the movie of the
      events of your life to unfold on the inner screen
      of your mind's eye. Witness the events as unattached
      as the monk was who carried the woman over the stream.
      And just like him, leave your attachments to all the
      events that have resulted in your being here, now.
      Know that you are now in the boat ride of your life
      and that to look back is to reattach to your ancestors
      and your own karma and all the suffering that clings
      to it. Look ahead free of karma, enjoy the ride, and
      live happily ever after.

      http://www.meditationsociety.com/week27.html
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