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Your thoughts run around like a wild horse and your feelings jump about like a monkey in the forest. When the monkey and horse step back and reflect upon themselves, freedom from all discrimination is realized naturally.
- Dogen, "Instructions for the Tenzo"
Have you ever had an encounter with someone, and then walked away and had all these wild thoughts running through your head? Thoughts like:-“I would like that person to have a taste of what they dish out”; or “I would like to banish them to the Arctic!”; or, “I wish all their friends, if he has any, would turn away from him!”
These are thoughts that are wild and free and may be drawing from your past life memories. They may even be associated with a past life with this person. The thoughts do not make you a bad person. They are human. When thoughts like these come your way, bless them and thank them for the creative vision of what could happen, and then allow them to leave.
What makes our character is the way that we handle our thoughts, emotions, and impulses. When we can let them go, then we are moving on the path of blissfulness.