To practice storytelling is to become alive. Life is precious, yet in our daily lives we are carried away by our forgetfulness, anger and worries. We are often lost in the future hopes, unable to touch life in the present moment. When we are truly alive, everything we touch or do is magnificent. To practice mindful storytelling is to return to life in the present moment, to take ownership of what has come before.
When we tell our story, we see the suffering that is caused by the destruction of life everywhere, we that persistence and passion and resolve and compassion can overcome the hardest of times, and we vow to cultivate compassion and awareness and perception as a source of energy to protect the lives of people, animals, plants and minerals. When we see suffering, compassion is born in us. It reflects the Buddha’s first sermon, that we have to be in touch with suffering.
It can be said that there are two kinds of suffering. Perhaps ninety-five percent of the suffering we endure every day is not at all necessary. Because of our lack of insight, we cause suffering to ourselves and others, including our beloved ones. But the remaining five percent is born out of contact with the real suffering around us and inside of us. To be aware of this kind of suffering we must become accountable of the things we’ve done and do, it brings up the energy necessary to transform ourselves and help relieve the suffering of the world.
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