Lighten Your Load


Many of us today carry extra baggage mentally and physically. During my day I have a messenger bag that I carry with miscellaneous items that may “need.”
This morning after my meditation practice I picked up my bag and noticed it was heavier than usual.

I thought “if I meditate to clear my mind perhaps I should clear my bag out too.”
I emptied the bag onto the table finding used cough drop wrappers, receipts, loose bills, 10 pencils, 5 crayons, my note book, my daughters coloring book, two books I am currently reading, and my wallet. I also emptied my wallet of the collected business cards and such and scanned them in my contacts.

This little practice is a good way remove the debris that has accumulated. As I looked at the old receipts, business cards and such I thought about where I had been, who I had spoken to and what I had purchased reflecting upon how each transaction or meeting showed the interdependence of our society.

So I put forth the challenge that over the weekend clean out your wallet, purse or even your car and see what you find. If you look at the trail you will probably be surprised at how many beings you have interacted with.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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