Cleaning up our life, minds and relationships.

I have discovered a app ATI what is it? Access to Insight is an Internet website dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and useful information concerning the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, as it has been handed down to us through both the written word of the Pali canon and the living example of the Sangha. 

The metaphor below is priceless.

‘There are these gross impurities in gold: dirty sand, gravel, & grit. The dirt-washer or his apprentice, having placed [the gold] in a vat, washes it again & again until he has washed them away.

“When he is rid of them, there remain the moderate impurities in the gold: coarse sand & fine grit. He washes the gold again & again until he has washed them away.

“When he is rid of them, there remain the fine impurities in the gold: fine sand & black dust. The dirt-washer or his apprentice washes the gold again & again until he has washed them away.

“When he is rid of them, there remains just the gold dust. The goldsmith or his apprentice, having placed it in a crucible, blows on it again & again to blow away the dross. The gold, as long as it has not been blown on again & again to the point where the impurities are blown away, as long as it is not refined & free from dross, is not pliant, malleable, or luminous. It is brittle and not ready to be worked. But there comes a time when the goldsmith or his apprentice has blown on the gold again & again until the dross is blown away. The gold, having been blown on again & again to the point where the impurities are blown away, is then refined, free from dross, pliant, malleable, & luminous. It is not brittle, and is ready to be worked. Then whatever sort of ornament he has in mind — whether a belt, an earring, a necklace, or a gold chain — the gold would serve his purpose’

AN 3.100 (i-x)  PTS: A i 256  Thai 3.102
Pansadhovaka Sutta: The Dirt-washer
translated from the Pali by 
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Clearly this story was told by the Buddha and intended for the monks, yet, all of us can relate to it to our own characters.

We totally want to be the best version of ourselves as possible. Often the rookie move is to compare or get jealous. Our best alternative is to look at ourselves with gentleness and patience. All to often in our fast pace world we expect fast results. I am speaking from experience here, I constantly thought I was to old to achieve any real change. I am 50 now and know age is not a factor, character and patience plus clear vision. The mind sets are a key factor examples.

  • I need to change my bad eating habits – start with one good habit each day and stick with it.
  • I need to become fit – start to walk every day without giving up.
  • I need to sleep better – go to bed earlier, even if you are just resting and resting no distractions.
  • My relationships need to be better – start by listening to a greater extent, saying less.
  • My financial world is terrible – save 10% consistently and run 10% more to clear debt.
  • I drink to much – commit to two drinks maximum and minimise the days.

My point is you make very small commitments, realistic and manageable. “The gold, having been blown on again & again to the point where the impurities are blown away, is then refined, free from dross, pliant, malleable, & luminous. ” Eventually, just like the gold you get better every time you pick a healthy habit and eventually you will look back and realise it’s all the little changes that offered you so much success .

Most of us never even consider for example walking everywhere. Modern life is mostly lost in technologies and work. Still walking is free and a great start to good health. Water is another simple alternative to sugary drinks and excessive coffee. I walk three 11 kilometre walks ever week and gym 3 – 4 days. I have built up to this over many years. I have two degenerate discs, it was a small start indeed for me. It’s no race friends and today’s the best day to start.

Love this guys book below ..

The necessary inner task does not consist in ’doing’ anything whatever, but in ’undoing’

something, in undoing all the illusory egotistical beliefs which keep tightly closed the lid of the ’third eye’

Herbert Benoit

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