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Thing One and Thing Two Meet the Bhudda: Part III

The Buddha & The Slide Show Ok…here is where the light bulb above the head gets switched on. There was once an old Buddhist who maintained that the tenets of life can be boiled down to knowing the difference between  the actions of the heart and the heart…

 

The Buddha & The Slide Show

Ok…here is where the light bulb above the head gets switched on. There was once an old Buddhist who maintained that the tenets of life can be boiled down to knowing the difference between  the actions of the heart and the heart or even more basic being able to see the space. Being able to see life as apposed to just the events of life. Now before I go all Zen on you just hold on!

karate bhudda2 Thing One and Thing Two Meet the Bhudda: Part IIIHow many have seen an old school slide show? You know the kind with real film slides and humming projector that goes click-uk every time a slide is changed. For simplicity, let’s assume the the show is projected on a wall that isn’t going anywhere soon. So the wall stays put and the slides move in and out of the light across the wall, out of darkness into light then back into darkness. You have only a few seconds to notice and acknowledge the presence of each slide, hanging onto any one  slide after it leaves the screen  by focusing your attention on it’s image in your mind will cause you to miss the ones that follow. More importantly doing so leads you to put your focus on the movement (event) of the slide stream rather than the space where the slides appear. Whew !!! That stirred up the old neurons.

So what’s this got to do with Thing One and Thing Two? As it turns out quite a bit, you see if you focus on the space and just let the slides appear and disappear you will be able to experience the show as a whole rather than just a bunch of independent images. Let’s go back to the two Things, they are like the slides, they are thoughts, impulses, actions all part of living life, but not the whole enchilada. They are  instead, distractions, waving from the corners of your mind trying to get your attention…they are like the wait person who interrupts you every time you start a sentence. That wait person is not your entire dining experience, just an annoyance, focusing on that person distracts you from the whole experience. So once the  Two Things have you they will take you on a ride for as long as you want to hang on, and that ride is taking you down a path away from what is really going on leaving you in stuck in a not so nice place,  as your fears negative emotions take over. You might continue to experience poor sales all the time wondering what is going wrong, if you follow the Two Things  you switch your attention from the part you play in the problem to the innocent bystanders who are your buyers. In the process, they don’t get to  experience the joy of your work and of the valuable energy it gives.

See The Space

So what is the solution? Well….you are the solution, the answers lie within you and your ability to see, acknowledge and accept your fears for what they are, an important part of what makes you, you. Will the world apocalypse occur and the three horseman come galloping in to strike you down? It’s doubtful…you will likely feel uncertainty, and it is ok to take small steps, because guess what…. there is no perfection and there is no right way to do things.

Stay focused on the space between the little events and dramas of life and you will soon note that everything fitsmed w things Thing One and Thing Two Meet the Bhudda: Part III together as your attracton factor increases. People are drawn to centered folks, the peaceful ones who realize that events are just events that come and go within the room of life and the room is always there. Believe me it takes a lot of stress out ofeveryday living!!

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