Say ‘YES’

I imagine that yes is the only living thing.
― E.E. Cummings

A man went to a Buddhist Monastery for a silent retreat.

After a week of silence, he felt healthier, calmer, and stronger but he felt like something was missing.

The teacher told him he could speak to a Buddhist Monk before he left.

The man went over and asked the Monk, ‘How do I find deep peace?’

The Monk replied, ‘I say YES to everything that happens in life. The good, the bad, and the ugly. This way I have no resistance to life and life has no resistance to me.

When the man returned home, he practiced this each day and was enlightened.

22 thoughts on “Say ‘YES’

  1. Wasn’t there a Jim Carrey movie like this? He either had to say “yes’ to everything or he had to tell the truth all the time. Either way, it was a struggle! πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! Yes I agree Kristine, it was stressful movie. πŸ˜… And perhaps my word should be β€˜allow’ because when I resist β€˜what is’ I miss valuable lessons that may expand my life and my energy. πŸ§‘πŸ€—

      1. β€œAllowβ€œ was my word one year! I remember being underwhelmed when it came to me but it was probably a year of really great growth :-).

  2. Thanks for sharing. That is good philosophy for a happy life Karen, and runs parallel to what Paul the apostle learned through his many life struggles when he says “I have learned to be content in every situation.”

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