The Trapped Mind

When I was in Italy, I got an interesting question from the owner of the B&B. He asked, “When are we truly free?”

When I recalled the past, I have never been truly free from suffering. Certainly, there were quite a lot of happy moments. But I always felt kind of trapped by the conditions in my life. I am always unsatisfied about something and wish something will be different. I was never completely happy.

Today it suddenly dawned on me that I wasn’t trapped by my life conditions. I was trapped by the desire to have something more or less than the present. If I fully accept the conditions that I have right here and now, I am truly free and happy. I was trapped by the desire of the mind rather than the outside conditions. Unconditional self-love exists in the complete acceptance of the present.  

 
Reference of picture: foryourmiddleground.com

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The Best Kind of Love for our Children

One of my wise friends said the love needed by our children is from different aspects. Parents can never provide enough love for our children. This advice is very true. 

In order for our children to grow happily, they need the love from parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and friends. Later, they need the love from their lovers, spouse, colleagues, bosses, etc. The more people love them, the richer their lives will be. As parents, we should accept and appreciate all of the people who genuinely love our children. Parents cannot replace the love from any of these people. So we have to learn to work with them as partners to help bringing up our kids happily. 

Happy Thai Children’s Day everyone!

  

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