I wondered, how many people in this country take a moment to just see this colored leaves. I was just looking at people stopping by in front of people, while enjoying the beautiful colored leaves.
Ok, now, I admit, that I used to be one of them.
“I am so busy.”
Since when this phrase became a common word for us?
“Busy”, is written as “忙 （しい）”, which is “Isoga(shii)”. Someone once told me, ‘As the kanji says, people who always tell us that they are busy, are, just losing their mind. ” ~which changed the way of my thinking. Whoever said that is smart.
The kanji “忙” is consisted of two parts. The left part, is used for our emotions, as it represents “心 (Kokoro), our heart”. the right part. which is “亡 (くなる）” (Nakunaru), which means “dead”. So the kanji “忙” mixing them means “The heart is dead” literally.
I started to believe that we are in control of our mind.
Many people from other countries have told me, “You are lucky! You have got a lot of things, everything. ” Then I questioned myself. So why I have seen a lot of people who are depressed , who are walking like a zombie every day? We get rich, and we are surrounded by so many things that people are jealous of. Ironically, our mind is getting poor. I am sure it is not happening only in Japan. But i feel like, most of us are missing out on something, something that can enrich our mind while we are always chasing materials that we can easily buy. This sounds cliche, but this is the moment when I started to believe that we human beings cannot live without the nature, slow life, that heal our mind.
是を得心したる人は、即ち千手千眼の観音にて候。 （沢庵和尚、a monk from Rinzai)
~If your mind is focused on one leaf, you can’t see the rest of the leaves.
If it is not, you can see the thousands of the rest of them.
The person knowing to do both, is just like the thousand-armed Kannon.*
*the God that has thousand eyes on his hands who has a merciful heart
Just like this poet, I would like to be the person who has rich mind. 🙂
Thank you for reading!