A man was once walking in the forest and he happened to see an exotic bird, intrigued by the bird, he wanted to catch it and have the bird as a pet. He tiptoed behind the bird slowly, steadily and finally caught it. Strangely, the bird started talking. The bird said, please release me and in return, I will give you 3 gems, 3 pieces of advice that will transform your life. I’ll give you the first one when you let me go, the second when I get to that branch and the third one to the very top of this tree. The man agreed and let the bird go. As soon as the bird was freed, it started flying away giving the first piece of advice. Do not torture, torment and burden yourself with excessive regret for your past mistakes.
As the man pondered on what he had just heard, the bird flew up, sat on a branch and gave the second advice. Do not believe anything that goes against common sense unless you have first-hand proof. The bird then flew up to the top of the tree and started laughing, looking at the man saying, you are a fool. Inside my body are two huge precious jewels. If you had kept me and killed me, you would have been a wealthy man. The man exclaimed, Ooh my!! How could I be so stupid, will never forget this foolishness for the rest of my life. The man then looked up and asked the bird, can you please give me your last advice? Maybe it will have the potential to pacify me. The bird replied, I was just testing you, First, I told you not to torment yourself with excessive regret for past mistakes and yet you just tormented yourself with regret for letting me go, and secondly, I told you not to believe in anything that goes against common sense unless there is first-hand proof and you disregarded that advice as well. For some reason, believing there could be two huge jewels inside a tiny bird like me.
Since you asked for the third piece of advice, here it is. If you are not applying what you already know, why are you so intent on gaining what you do not know. The bird then flew away as the man received his three jewels that will forever change his life. We make mistakes, do not be too harsh on yourself for them. Learn your lessons and move along. Be smart, be sharp, do not evaluate things on face value running for fast wins and short-cuts, use your reason before you accept and trust something or someone. Lastly, if you do not digest what you have received by applying it, you are not ready for more. Life gives you more only when you use what you have rightly. A story by Gopal Das.
2019 has been a good year to me, yes it has had its endless lessons, pain and struggles but also as many joys laughs, and hope. So much has changed within and without. Breaking my many limiting beliefs was very interesting and being able to interpret my external reality from my internal experience giving meaning to we create our realities has been a fascinating path. One of knowledge and application, new practices, practicing present-moment awareness; all allowing for a more spiritual life experience, giving and receiving love. As we turn a new leaf, begin 2020, may we all carry the 3 jewels with us. Learn to let go and that in life there are only lessons and experiences, not mistakes. To learn to let go, grow, and have faith. Applying all the valuable knowledge we know can greatly transform our lives, by being grounded able to feel more and be more. Doing everything that we do the best way we could enjoy the present moment hence creating the next joyful present moment. Then, always ask yourself from time to time if you are applying what you have learned from your recent past, if no, please do. Happy new year, Wish you a prosperous 2020!