“The Buddha has a very beautiful metaphor… He calls it “like writing on water.” Whenever an unwholesome thought or emotion arises in an enlightened mind, it is like writing on water; the moment it is written, it disappears.”
– Chade Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself, The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
Every day you have an opportunity to let a negative thought, a comment from someone else, or even a negative newspaper article come into your thought and lodge there or let it pass by.
The thing is, dear reader, these comments only hold the weight you give them.
That’s right. They are only as strong as you make them. You can either believe your day was really bad because your favorite employee gave notice, the weather wasn’t good because the skies were gray, and you you don’t feel great because you didn’t get enough sleep.
Or, you can simply let these comments pass by. They are nothing. Let them write themselves on water. You don’t even have to struggle to let them go. Let the natural, healing elements of water erase them for you.
Let’s learn from this.
Siddhartha Gautama, who would one day become known as Buddha (“enlightened one” or “the awakened”), lived in Nepal during the 6th to 4th century B.C. A holy man prophesized great things for the young Siddhartha: He would either be a great king, a military leader, or a great spiritual leader. According to the most widely known story of his life, after experimenting with different teaching for years, and finding none of them acceptable, Gautama spent a fateful night in deep meditation under a Bodhi Tree. He vowed to not get up until the truths he sought came to him, and he meditated until the sun came up the next day. He stayed there for several days until he saw the answer to the questions of suffering that he had been seeking for so many years. In that moment of pure enlightenment, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, “he who is awake.” For the remainder of his 80 years, Buddha traveled, preaching the Dharma (the name given to the teachings of the Buddha) in an effort to lead others to and along the path of enlightenment. The Buddha is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in world history, and his teachings have affected everything from a variety of other faiths (as many find their origins in the words of the Buddha) to literature to philosophy, both within India and to the farthest reaches of the Western world. (Source: Buddha)
Chade-Meng Tan is a Google pioneer, an award-winning engineer, a New York Times bestselling author, a thought leader, and a philanthropist. Meng is Google’s Jolly Good Fellow. Like many things in Google, his unusual job title started as a joke, but eventually became real. Meng was one of Google’s earliest engineers. He now serves with Google’s People Development Team where his job description is, “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace.” Meng hope his book Search Inside Yourself will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way. Outside of Google, Meng is Co-Chair of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, which has been nominated by 6 Novel peace laureates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Meng considers himself a Buddhist “on most weekdays, especially Mondays.” He is n avid mediator, because meditation facilitates in him inner peace and happiness “without doing real work.” The Dalai Lama gave him a hug for his 40th birthday. President Carter gave him a standing ovation at one of his talks. Most importantly, he made his mom proud. (Source: Meng)