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“Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shanka


There is a koan about trivial questions. A man named Shinkan was studying Tendai and Zen for many years, more than forty. When he returned to his country, Japan, he wanted people to visit him and ask him strange questions, but he seldom gave answers to them. One day a fifty-year-old student said to Shinkan that from all his study to Tendai, he can’t understand one thing; how grass and trees would be enlightened according to Tendai. Then, Shinkan, who rarely spoke, asked the student of what use was is to discuss how grass and trees would become enlightened. “The question,” he said, “is how you yourself can become so?” And he sent the student back to his home to think about that.

We often give to trivial matters great importance and we stuck on them. Trivial refers mainly to the meaning of uselessness and unimportance, not to how small or big is a matter. A detail can be crucial; a trivial matter will always be so insignificant. And, although we don’t want to admit them, they cause to us stress, frustration and bad temper. That means they are for a reason important to us. To set the critical question in the right perspective is the first step to the right direction; not why these trivial may or may not happen, but if they have any usefullness for me and what can I gain advantage from them. Then, the frustration gives its place to a plan of action, not to a passive discomfort, and this clear view push us only forward to the significant of our lives.

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