A monk decides to meditate alone.
Away from his monastery, he takes a boat and goes to the middle of the lake, closes his eyes and begins to meditate.
After a few hours of unperturbed silence, he suddenly feels the blow of another boat hitting his.
With his eyes still closed, he feels his anger rising and, when he opens his eyes, he is ready to shout at the boatman who dared to disturb his meditation.
But when he opened his eyes, saw that it was an empty boat, not tied up, floating in the middle of the lake …
At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that anger is within him; it simply needs to hit an external object to provoke it.
After that, whenever he meets someone who irritates or provokes his anger, he remembers; the other person is just an empty boat.
“Anger is inside me.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
No event itself creates anger (in us) any more than a flame causes a moth to fly into it and be consumed.
Events serve to reveal specific corresponding qualities in the unexamined depths of our consciousness, bringing us into a Divine awareness of an unlimited, unimaginable power to transcend our low level consciousness.
That is real Power.
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