There was a tale about a poverty-stricken man who had to toil at the rubbish dump each day seeking out objects which he could resell to make ends meet. Wearing an old but faithful turban to ward off the heat, his daily trip to the dump site was an unbreakable routine, come rain or shine. The site was unpleasant and dirty not to mention very smelly. Yet, that did not deter him from working his way through the piles of rubbish as that was his source of living.
After many years in that state, he came to notice one day that his turban was wearing thin and old. As he took a good look at it, he touched it gently as an expression of gratitude for what it has offered him all these years. Then, he suddenly felt a little hard object within the turban. Upon undoing the layers of the turban, he found a well-polished gem which he did not know was there all these years! Had he known earlier, that would have saved him all those years of toil and pain!
We would have heard such stories with happy endings often and each time, we would have concluded that it’s a nice tale but that in reality, life is not like that. What if, there is another aspect to that story, a twist to what we thought it was about? That the story is actually in reference to our mind and its workings which we are not presently aware of? A mind that is in constant stress – in fear, insecurity, loneliness, unhappiness, uncertainty or being manipulative – and because of these mental distresses we are always on the “run” so to speak, constantly trying to find a solution to them and trying to solve it in ways other than understanding the mind.
That gem in the tale is a symbolic representation of what we can each come to realize directly for ourselves; that all the stresses of unsatisfactoriness that seemingly haunt our daily moments no matter how much we do or achieve and is not making us feel complete or contented all take place because we have not begun the journey of understanding what is actually taking place in our minds in reality. It is the gem of Wisdom that is required to finally understand our minds. The Wisdom of coming to realize what we really are.
The vision of WISE is to help and support you in unlocking your own gem. A gem that always awaits your discovery. A gem that is useful in addressing all that life offers you irrespective of what they are. Join us this coming Friday, 22 September 2017, as we lay the signage foundation to mark as a new milestone, continuing the journey which Clove&Clive spiritedly offered in the last ten years.
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