A view from above

When a problem arises – a death , a sickness , some other type of loss , or even a hurtful argument. It is not only painful but confusing. It is like being lost in dense and dangerous jungle. When one is lost in the forest, one should climb to the top of a tall tree or tower and look for a distant landmark, such as river or road that leads to safety. Having gained perspective and an overview of the situation, confusion vanishes.

In the simile, the jungle stands for the tangled problems of daily life. Climbing to the top of a tower or tree refers to the practice of meditation, which leads to the calm, cool air , where insight or perspective is gained. Thus if you have a heavy problem, do not think about it endlessly. Then you are merely wandering around lost in your jungle.

Ajahn Brahm

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