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Forgive Your Enemies

Gaiam.com, IncToday, for the first time… I was able to be friendly with someone in real life who doesn’t like me. In fact, I’m sure he hates my guts for some reason…

But, I tried chatting with him, and talking to him in a nice, friendly tone, as if I were talking to a brick wall once he decided not to acknowledge me any more.

Then I left feeling good about myself, but felt pity on this person. That he doesn’t share the same feelings of friendship and compassion as I do. But now I have closure with “the hate” that I’d been feeling in the past toward him, because of the way he has treated me and my family.

Anyway, I can’t look back from how I hated before. I don’t want to hate anyone, not even if it’s in retaliation for what another has done in the past.

I think I can bury all hatred and look on everyone with love and compassion. It’s a monumental acheivement, but I now think it can be done. And I think I can free myself from the bonds of “karmic negativity”.

There is a certain amount of this “karmic negativity” in this world, especially in the middle east… there’s always been hatred over there that has lasted years and years.

How can people become more compassionate toward others. Especially, to become more compassionate toward their enemies… who have families and loved ones of their own… who must have things that they love, and that they long for peace and brotherly love in this world….

How can we fix the problems of this world?



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

10 COMMENTS
  1. Tara-Chan

    I wish I could be like you. I’m the type to hold grudges for a VERY long time… so trying to be nice to someone I dislike is not an easy feat for me to do x_x;;

  2. Tara-Chan

    I wish I could be like you. I’m the type to hold grudges for a VERY long time… so trying to be nice to someone I dislike is not an easy feat for me to do x_x;;

  3. randomguru

    yes. it’s like, the most difficult thing. but i think holding grudges (which i’ve done in the past) is a natural reaction at first but it can backfire on one’s own health and well-being…

    …usually, i’m a happy-go-lucky guy if you know me in real life. so, there are just a few people in my world that rub me the wrong way, and it’s been a cause for concern. but, i think i’ve found my own way to put those things all in the past. ๐Ÿ™‚

    and there’s no turning back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. randomguru

    yes. it’s like, the most difficult thing. but i think holding grudges (which i’ve done in the past) is a natural reaction at first but it can backfire on one’s own health and well-being…

    …usually, i’m a happy-go-lucky guy if you know me in real life. so, there are just a few people in my world that rub me the wrong way, and it’s been a cause for concern. but, i think i’ve found my own way to put those things all in the past. ๐Ÿ™‚

    and there’s no turning back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. obi-chan

    Odd feeling, isn’t it? I’ve taught myself to think that way after any argument with anyone. I’m not normally the one who makes a mistake (because when I know there is a chance I’ll slip up, I avoid it altogether ;D), so I might as well be kind enough to empathize.

    But see, that’s just me fixed. Like you said, there are plenty of people out there who realise these things too late, or never. So I make sure my journal is always overrun with lengthy, boring posts with underlying, but recklessly far from being discreet didactic lessons ๐Ÿ˜€ Did I sell it, did I sell it??

  6. obi-chan

    Odd feeling, isn’t it? I’ve taught myself to think that way after any argument with anyone. I’m not normally the one who makes a mistake (because when I know there is a chance I’ll slip up, I avoid it altogether ;D), so I might as well be kind enough to empathize.

    But see, that’s just me fixed. Like you said, there are plenty of people out there who realise these things too late, or never. So I make sure my journal is always overrun with lengthy, boring posts with underlying, but recklessly far from being discreet didactic lessons ๐Ÿ˜€ Did I sell it, did I sell it??

  7. randomguru

    hi obi-chan. thanks for the lengthy comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    lessons? i think you sold it… but, the more i think about it, maybe there is nothing to sell, actually.

    just something to give? love and a hug. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. randomguru

    hi obi-chan. thanks for the lengthy comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    lessons? i think you sold it… but, the more i think about it, maybe there is nothing to sell, actually.

    just something to give? love and a hug. ๐Ÿ™‚

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