Buddha Frog, Böblingen, Germany, September 2011,
Canon PowerShot S90, 35mm focal length equiv. 28mm, exposure 1/125 sec @ f4, ISO 80, no flash, exposure bias -1/3
© Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]
Flies really annoy Frito. He snaps at them whenever they buzz or land on him. He'll actually get up and go to bed just to avoid a fly. Carol's not too keen on them either, but mostly because they annoy Frito.
Let's see -- flies eat sh*t, they can carry disease, lay their eggs on something over-ripe in the kitchen, and incessantly bounce themselves against the window trying to get out. I mean, what good are they? And where is that fly-swatter anyway?
Sound familiar? Are these common thoughts for you?
Well, I've now come to a different perspective. Since I made my intention sometime ago not to harm any living creature, I now see this fly not as an annoyance, but simply as a trapped animal trying to get free. First of all, that feels better. One less annoyance. Then I do what I can to free it, which really isn't very hard (just a cup and stiff piece of paper, and he's pretty easy to catch against the window). Now take him outside, and let him go.
And you know what? It makes me smile. A deep and satisfied smile. I just helped another being.
It's funny -- I find I've become very sensitive to all beings, and it just feels right. And when I see someone act as I would have not that long ago, and swat at an insect that bothers him, I feel this pang in my gut. Why do we feel the urge to kill just to remove an annoyance? What sort of conditioning have we been given? Do we even realize what we are doing?
But here's the good news. It is really pretty easy to reverse such conditioning if you want to.
It really only takes your sincere intention -- that's all -- just a simple decision on your part. Because even though your old habits will die hard, and you'll find yourself accidentally swatting at flies or stepping on ant hills, you will observe a momentary pang in your own gut, and think for a moment about that action. And this will cause the space to form between action and reaction, and this will give power to your intention, and allow you to change your behavior, and yes, experience great peace and happiness.
It is a wonderful and peaceful place to be. I wish you all have the opportunity to experience such peace.