Practice Being Neutral: Maybe So, Maybe Not
Parable of the Chinese Farmer
A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
Oftentimes we are quick to judge an experience as good or bad, fortunate or misfortunate, lucky or unlucky. However, as this Zen Buddhist story shows us, we truly don't know what is what if we only look at what is in front of us. There are always layers - always a bigger picture.
This is a reminder for us to step out of negativity in times of distress and to recognize that we have the power to change our reality. We may not always have a choice in regards to what life brings our way, but we always have a choice in how we choose to see things. We can choose to see everything that comes our way as a blessing and opportunity for growth, or to see ourselves as a victim or ‘unlucky’.
The difference between opportunity and obstacle is our point of view.
Perspective is everything.
Interestingly enough, as I write about this to you today, these reminders are being sent from a cosmic level as well. The New Moon this month (March 17-18th) is in the water sign of Pisces and it is calling on us to find harmony and peace no matter where the flow is taking us. It is a reminder to connect to our intuitive flow, to zoom out of our daily-grind mind and to step into Wholeness.
The Pisces New Moon will give us a big picture view of the year gone by, and will allow us to see how everything has fit together in its own special and unique way.
Think about how you want to feel as you move through this next chapter of your life. Think about what emotions or energy you want to bring into you life, and focus on how you can create these in small ways every day.
While this New Moon is great for sending out your wishes and desires, it also carries a very healing energy too.
If there are any wounds or sores that you have been nursing, this energy is going to help you think about them in a new light and bring a sense of acceptance and forgiveness to whatever has transpired.
Pisces energy really requires you to look at the bigger picture and to see events that have unfolded as a whole. By looking at the whole picture, and focusing on the beginning, middle and end, you are going to gain a much clearer understanding of your journey.
The Pisces New Moon is really a great time to focus on acceptance and finding a sense of completion and gratitude with your life journey so far.
You have travelled so far, and you have been through so much, and you really deserve to honor and congratulate yourself for all that you have achieved.
Life on this earthly dimension isn’t always easy, but the more you follow the rhythms and cycles of your own heart and soul, and focus on the good, the easier it becomes to transcend some of the muck and mud that you encounter along the way.
The Pisces New Moon really is the perfect time to honor all of you and all of your journey. No matter what has happened, no matter how you have failed or succeeded, or lost or won, there is something to celebrate and something to learn and grow from.