Happy Saturday everyone. I know it’s early, but I am making my way to sleep again in a moment. I woke up bolt upright because of a conversation i had with someone after our meeting last night. I wanted to share my analogy to see if it actually makes sense to people.
I rarely get feedback for my posts, so I really wonder if people read my blog or not. While it won’t change my initial impression, it could easily allow for me to open my mind a bit more. So here is what I said last night.
The stories we share amongst each other during our meetings are a huge part of our individualized recovery journey. Each time a new member visits for the first time, they receive bits and pieces of peoples stories and subconsciously incorporate this wisdom into their mental bank. Enter the yarn ball.
You see, we walk around with this enormous fucking ball of yarn on our shoulders. It grows and shrinks. It is all of our problems and issues, worries, concerns, all negative thoughts and ill feelings. As we expand our minds and delve deeper into our practice, this ball becomes flexible.
As we talk about the stuff on our minds, each person pulls a straight pin from this yarn ball. As we continue to meditate and learn of all of this negativity and worry, we learn ways to either cope with the issues or find the good in every situation. Now, take a straight pin from the yarn ball, and add it to the styrofoam ball that is permanantly fixed over your heart center.
So, in reality, the concept is simple. We take the negative experiences or burden of others (the yarn) and learn from these experiences (the straight pin) and apply them to our everyday lives with coping, recovery, life experience; and apply the victories to our own life (the styrofoam ball).
The idea is to eliminate the yarn from our shoulders and turn it into the pins in the styrofoam ball of our hearts. Then, as we walk around every day, we can show off that foam ball and offer individual straight pins (Dharma) to those people that we meet.I hope this analogy, while slightly odd, makes sense. And if you ever want me to demonstrate my philosophy, ask me about it.
Thanks for visiting thenodd and wild mind of an aspiring Buddhist.
With much metta