Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Parable: A Happy Cat

A Happy Cat
There is a story told about a cat who discovered that happiness was in his tail.

He kept trying over and over to get it, but all he could do was run around in circles.

Exhausted and frustrated, with this endless pursuit, he eventually stopped.

And then, he discovered that if he'd just go on about his life then the tail would follow him wherever he went.
* In life, we pursue happiness in the outside world little realizing that true happiness lies within our mind.
* It's only when we learn to train the mind into stillness and contentment can there be real peace, happiness and freedom.
* The more we 'chase' after happiness with so much energy expended, the more will happiness slip away. It's only when we settle the mind and 'flow ' with the stream of life, engaging mindfully in positive things that help develop our wisdom and compassion, will happiness and peace arise within our minds.
* There is a wise saying : "Happiness is not a destination but lies in life's journey."

With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin


Sophia said...

It took me two years to figure this out for myself. :) But, I am not mourning the loss of those two years. I treat them as part of the lesson of life, so that I may live the rest of it in this way.

Metta said...

Thanks for the comments.