A lot of time, we might think that the external environment affected our peace and harmony in life.
e.g. the noise, the cooking smell, the windy day, the raining day, the sunny day, the chatting, the phone call, the music, the perfume, the nice car……
Are the above actually disturbing you?
There is a great zen story,
Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind.
“It’s the wind that is really moving,” stated the first one.
“No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second.
A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them.
“Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”
Is it true that you are being influence by the external environment?
Your mind is moving to invite all external thought to be in.
It’s not outside, it’s your mind.
Be contemplate when you are facing challenges from external environment!
The mind is everything. What you think you become.