|Gave my shoes away and walked barefoot. Got to go back to |
I believe in the spiritual healing effects of walking barefoot. I got a chance to prove this when I sent my self into a retreat in Tagaytay. I didn't mind what the heck I might step into, I just trusted the feet. As I walked the rocky pavements, I got reminded of an old metaphor about the Carrot on a Stick. A boy was holding long stick to which a carrot has been tied. He dangled the carrot in front of the donkey but just out of the donkey's reach. As the donkey moved forward to get the carrot, it pulled the cart and the boy, so that the carrot always remained just out of reach as the cart and the boy moved forward. I guess this sums up what I learned in my retreat: I should stop wanting, like the donkey that followed the carrot, and start being. Being, of course, is a function of meaning -- the meaning we attach to our lives in accordance with the laws of nature. I believe that meaning comes first before happiness and not the other way around. Sadly most of the people I know are stuck to this "more is more" philosophy.