Monday, October 11, 2010

Why do you let the little things in life bother you?

Namaste, Hari Om,

Why do you let the little things in life bother you?

In our lives we come across many people who worry too much about the little things in life. There is a famous saying, “Don’t worry about spilled milk”. Spilled milk here refers to small things, like a little ding in your car, someone cutting you off on the road, or someone forgetting a minor detail that can be corrected fast. These small things can cause anger in many people when in reality its nothing but spilled milk, a problem that can be fixed with ease.

When walking the spiritual path we must learn tolerance. Through tolerance we can evolve and free our minds from tension over many things. Someone who gets angry and agitated over little things in life needs to review why they act the way they do. Think about problems that make you angry over all, these problems are usually linked to your anger over the little things. This is when you take out your anger from major problems (i.e. bad day at work, bad grades etc..) onto the little things (Spilled milk).

When our minds are free from anger, we can evolve faster as the mind is calming and can receive wisdom and love with ease. Anger blocks spiritual growth, and when you get angry over the little things in life, it only gets worst as bigger problems happen. Tolerance is gained through practice.

How do you practice tolerance? Yoga and breathing exercises really work, breathing alone can cure many things even anger. Click here for special pranayama breathing tips;

When someone or something minor makes you angry, talk to your self. Ask, is my anger necessary? Is it a major problem that will cause great effort and time to correct? Will the person feel good if I yell at them over something so little? The answer most of the time is NO.

When you get mad at someone, put yourself in their shoes (look at life from their perspective), sometimes others have had a bad day, or they might be suffering with great sorrow and you might not even notice it. Be compassionate to those who are not skilled, teach them and help them become better if they fail or have a minor mistake.

Look at someone and remember the good that they do, the good things they have given to the world and to yourself. One should not only focus on the bad, as we tend to remember the bad and forget the good in people. This is the seed of problems in relationships with parents and significant others, our own worries over small things cause us to miss the true beauty in others. Why worry over the small problems in life, have faith in the Supreme Being.

Words from Lord Krishna below;

Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed.” - Bhagavad Gita

"One must elevate --- and not degrade --- oneself by one’s own mind. The mind alone is one’s friend, as well as one’s enemy. The mind is the friend of those who have control over it, and the mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it." - Bhagavad Gita (6.05-06)

In this time of Navratri, may Saraswati Mata bless our minds to think peacefully and be thankful for those we have close to us. Do not take anyone or anything for granted or hurt anyone (even animals) over small problems in life, we have too much to be thankful for.

Jai Shri Krishna,
Jai Saraswati Mata ki Jai..


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