So I was walking up the stairs yesterday and my legs felt heavy. In fact my entire body felt heavy. And yet, of course, it was no heavier that it was the day before physically speaking. So what was going on?
The burdens on my back. One of mine is envy. I often compare myself to others, what I have to what they have. It's an evil habit. And it doesn't stop there. Because when others have something I don't then I think its because there is some deficit in me. I am not good enough. I need to be better than I am. I need to be more than I am.
Another burden of mine is past hurts. I don't just let them hurt me in the moment I let them hurt me well past. And sometimes this kind of burden resurfaces quite literally. That person that has hurt you in the past does it again. And again.
So what's the trick? How to rid ourselves of the burdens on our backs? I turn to Kaiut of course, because no matter how heavy I feel when I go to the mat I feel lighter rising from it. And I turn to this book - The Land Of Far Beyond. I first read it years ago when my father surprised me that he had a favourite book; a book he had read when he was a child no less. It's a story about a journey from the City of Turmoil to the City of Happiness and how all it takes to get there is to rid ourselves of the burdens on our back. Some of the pilgrims make it and some don't. I want to be one that makes it.