Carrying negative impressions from the past makes us weaker. For example, if someone made a negative remark on us in the past, we take it to our heart and suffer from it. Any negative action on us in our past implants a seed of negativity and it grows gradually, manifesting into negative actions on other people. Anyone subjected to this situation thinks that doing bad to others gratifies them. However, they do not see this as a loss of character and values. In addition, such events keep gathering within us and we tend to see life under a negative influence. This impacts our day to day activities, plus the way we deal with our surroundings. This results in loss of time, energy and degradation of our value system.
To overcome this situation, we should focus on a resolution, rather than getting lost in the emotion. We can imagine the world as a circle made up of good and bad, and these act as end points of the circle’s diameter. By staying calm and observing the end points, we tend to act as the center of this circle. Eventually as observers, we do not let these events latch on to us and create a negative impression. As a result, we get over them, stop suffering and stay healthy.
Your life is your own hands, please be in this center of freedom.
These are some of the lessons I have learnt from Ashtavakra Gita’s discourse, given by H. H. Sri Sri Ravishankar, hosted by the Art of Living foundation.