For a long time I felt like something was missing in my life. I didn’t know where to go, what to do, or how to even start.
I felt frustrated. And it didn’t help that I was having health problems. That often makes me wonder, did I have those health problems because I was resisting going after my heart, and going after what truly made my heart come alive? You never know.
But what I’ve discovered is that the journey we call life never ends. We bump into problem after problem. It’s like one of those Buddha stories goes:
A man once came to see the Buddha to get help with his problems. After the man had told the Buddha one of his problems and asked for help, the Buddha replied: “I cannot help you get rid of that problem.
The man was surprised that the Buddha could not help him in this regard, but he told the Buddha about another problem; he thought to himself that the Buddha should at least be able to help him with that problem. But the Buddha told him “I cannot help you with that problem either.
The man started to get impatient. He said: “How can it be that you are the perfectly Enlightened Buddha, when you can’t even help people get rid of their problems?” The Buddha answered: “You will always have 83 problems in your life. Sometimes a problem will go, but then another problem will come. I cannot help you with that.
The baffled man asked the Buddha: “But, what can you help me with, then?” The Buddha replied: “I can help you get rid of your 84th problem.” The man asked: “But what is my 84th problem?” The Buddha replied: “That you want to get rid of your 83 problems.”
Quite relevant isn’t it?
There will always be more problems, so this isn’t about trying to get rid of problems and challenges altogether. This is about seeing life through a different set of sunglasses.
That’s a realization I’ve had. I’m sure I’ll forget it, but that’s just how things are. On this blog I want to talk about health and specifically natural health.
I’ve had some health problems in my life, such as eczema, stomach issues, and other things that have come and gone. I’ve freaked out about my teeth, worried about my knees, and the list goes on and on.
I wanted to quickly introduce myself with this post and put something out there, otherwise I’d just end up procrastinating and never getting anything done.
And when I look at health, I think the same Buddha story applies there. There will always be something “not right” with our bodies. Maybe we don’t like the way we look, or we have aches and pains somewhere.
Can we learn to be okay with that?
I’m not sure, but I’m going to try, because it’ll make me a happier person.
What about you?