Hello. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. That’s not to say I’ve not been enjoying the usual wild activities, but sometimes things get a little wild in a non-natural sense.
After receiving a smattering of offensive and resentful messages via this blog, I admit that it was challenging to re-engage. I’m no saint, but I try hard to be a kind and generous person to others, and have difficulty understanding trolling and anti-social behaviours – through venom and intolerance one ultimately only harms oneself. Especially, as with these recent attacks, they come from people you were once close to.
It’s a difficult world we live in where kind acts, or expressions of kindness, are treated with contempt, bitterness and sometimes, outright murderous hate. It seems strange to me that a person would invite complication and anger into their lives, when the alternative is peaceful, contented introspection.
I am thankful that an engagement with the wider, wilder world brings a sense of peace, perspective and a determination to remain isolated from bitterness and intolerance. I invite those intent on cruelty to reflect on how they can train themselves to be kind; to themselves first, and to others second.
The Dalai Lama offers the following verses for training the mind:
Whenever I associate with others I will learn
To think of myself as the lowest amongst all
And respectfully hold others to be supreme
From the very depths of my heart.
In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
And as soon as disturbing emotion arises
Endangering myself and others
I will firmly face and avert it.
I will learn to cherish ill-natured beings
And those oppressed by strong misdeeds and sufferings
As if I had found a precious
Treasure difficult to find.
When others out of envy treat me badly
With abuse, slander and the like
I will learn to take all loss
And offer victory to them.
When the one whom I have benifitted with great hope
Hurts me badly without reason,
I will learn to view that person
As an excellent spiritual guide.
Image credit: Out-of-control gorse fire, © Christine Keighery