A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar.”I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?” “Nothing, ” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever look inside?,” asked the stranger. “No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there.” “Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold. I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside yourself.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Lately I am trying to live more consciously. Before I used to allow myself to be more absent minded and my thoughts were constantly wandering- in the future, in the past… but never here and now! The other day I was walking in the park ( yes…AGAIN 🙂 ), when I took a path that I have walked on a hundred times. In that moment I saw something beautiful. I can’t even put into words what I experienced! I felt as if I was in a fairy tale and I could see everything around me a lot closer, more beautiful and real. That moment gave me a lot of peace and security.
That’s when I thought… I’ve gone by this place a hundred times and today, for the first time I really saw it!
How often does that happen to you? Thinking and contemplating I am finding out that most people’s problem is the unconscious way of living. We are so used to norms of behavior, lifestyle, how we are supposed to do particular things, how our life should pass and so on. We got ourselves in a cart- track, and we are all moving forward, without ever thinking if it is gonna take us on the right road… but we are still moving after all, right? Where is the problem…
They say that the most heartbreaking thing in a person’s life is what dies inside of us, while we are still alive! What kills us is the monotonous day, the lack of emotions, desire and inspiration. By following the norms of behavior, we become prisoners in our own life…
Give it a thought (more…)