The recent five days of silent retreat (without access to news) gave me a new perspective to life. In the past, I was consumed with keeping up to date with news. I must have the Straits Times daily and need to catch up with past news while I was away. I need to know how the financial markets were doing. The ups and downs affected my sentiments. Is this really what I want, being affected by news?
Now, I choose to let matters be. So what if I miss some news of the past? I am not about to be ruled by events that are beyond my control. Does it really matter if stock Indices moved against my wish?
I was reminded during my recent trip to live in the present and not to dwell in the past or worry about the future.
I like the sayings by Dharma Drum Mountain that is most apt for me:
“Maturity cares not about the past; wisdom does not doubt the present; an open-mind does not worry about the future.”