Many people have asked me why Iâ€™m still a monk after almost 3 years, while initially the plan was to be a monk for just 3 months.
In fact, to me monkhood is nothing much, it’s just wearing a different uniform, from Dockers’ pants to saffron robes, or like working in a different firm.
Whatâ€™s more, being a monk is what’s made an individual like me change.
And l donâ€™t feel inadequate or contempt or inferior. I only feel happy.
The answer actually boils down into just one sentence.
I just â€˜let it goâ€™.
When I let go, I feel lighter. When I feel lighter, I feel happier.
Look at this mathematic function [y = 1/x]
When â€˜xâ€™ is less, â€˜yâ€™ is more.
When â€˜xâ€™ is a lot lesser, â€˜yâ€™ is even much, much more – exponentially more.
â€˜yâ€™ = happiness, â€˜xâ€™ = the attachment I have.
Why is that so? Thatâ€™s how the game works; it is the law of nature. When you let go of something from your hand, obviously you feel lighter. No doubt about it, right?
Why Can’t I Let Go?
Let it go…but how?
You know yourself that sometimes you have to let go of certain things in your life to make your life happier each day, but somehow it doesnâ€™t work.
â€œWhy canâ€™t I forget him after so many years of relationshipsâ€ or â€œAhhh…This person makes me so frustrated!â€ or â€œOh…they have it? I also have to have it.â€
Letting go sounds easy but why canâ€™t we do it sometimes? You know why? Itâ€™s a law of cause and effect.
You canâ€™t let go by just letting-go. You have to produce enough cause for â€˜letting goâ€™ to happen.
What causes the â€˜let-goâ€™ effect? That’s a question we shall address today.
The answer is â€˜The Pathâ€™. When I step on this path, the â€˜letting-goâ€™ effect begins to take shape and I become lighter. When I become lighter, I feel freedom. When I feel freedom then I feel relaxed. When I feel relaxed, then I become tranquil. When I’m suffused with tranquility, then I experience equanimity from within. And this is the process of happiness.
What is The Path? It consist of 8 elements.
1. Right Understanding
You have to understand what the problem is, and what isnâ€™t. When you realize what the problem is then you can solve it.
2. Right Thought
Those negative thoughts are harmful. Get rid of them.
3. Right Speech
When you have positive thoughts then you can speak positively. In fact, speaking positively can also influence positive thought and vice-versa.
4. Right Physical Action
It doesnâ€™t mean to take action towards your goal, it means to act positively. When you think positive, say positive things, then of course you can act positively.
5. Right Livelihood
When your â€˜thoughtsâ€™, â€˜speechâ€™ and â€˜actionâ€™ are right, then you have to put it into your life. Living by doing it all the time. Live by it.
6. Right Effort
In doing all these, you have to put in your effort. A kite needs to go against the wind to be able to go up. Whenever obstacles put you into the negative domain, you have to use your effort to push it back.
7. Right Mindfulness
Be careful, sometimes negativity comes. So you have to be mindful. Guard all your senses by being mindful of what enters your mind.
8. Right Meditation
It is a balance of the mind. It the state of mind where you can gain inside happiness and use this power to â€˜let-goâ€™.
I hope you can start to hop on The Path and experience more inner peace, by letting go of some of the things that have been bothering you right now.
P.S. Alvin mentioned about Living The Important, that’s an exact example of how we use our path to be happier and make the most out of our life.
Edit from Alvin: I’ve made some changes to the grammar and helped Paiboon create a table.