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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Daily Musings - September 4th, 2012 - Worry - 急- Jí

 Worry - 急- Jí

When worry becomes an addiction,
it interferes with compassion.

inspired by Deng Ming Dao

Worry is a problem that appears rampant, everywhere. Perhaps this is due to our advanced civilization, or a result of our spiritual degeneracy. Whatever the source may be, it is clear that our worries are not always useful. It is cancerous - concern gone too far, to the point of compulsion, eating away at the body and mind from the inside out.

It does no one any good to simply say, "Don't think about it." That will only result in more worry. It is better to keep on the path, walking ahead, undeterred by possible, future antagonism. The way to press on is through compassion. In a world of terminal illnesses, economic inequity, racial discrimination, im/personal violence, and international warfare, the concerns of all people are impossible to meet. Taking care of yourself is paramount, and doing something good for those you meet is well enough. That is compassion, and it must be exercised even in the face of overwhelming odds.

When presented with a problem, help, if it is in your power to do so. Once you have acted, withdraw, as if you are unconcerned with reward or praise. Walk on, without ever mentioning it to anybody. Then, there is no worry of owing/debt, there has been no action.