NOTE : BY NITHYA SHANTI
What Just Spilled?
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you, spilling the coffee all over.
Why did you spill the coffee?
“Well because someone bumped into me, of course!”, you say.
You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
Whatever is inside our cup, is what spills out.
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes us up (which it will!), whatever is inside comes right out. We can only fake it, until we get nicely rattled.
So we have to ask ourselves, “What’s in my cup?”
When our ego is triggered, when unwanted things happen or wanted things don’t happen, what spills out? How do we typically respond?
With openness, curiosity, patience, peace and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and temper tantrums?
Such questions keep us spiritually honest and grounded. They reveal to us just how far we have already come and just how much work we still have to do.
Let us work towards filling our cups with acceptance, appreciation, joy, words of affirmation for ourselves; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.