When we want to pick up another thing, we must put down what we are holding in our hands. Do you know how many things we will pick up every day? How many tasks we will carry out every day? How many responsibilities we will take every day? Whatever we want to “take up”, we need to “put down” at first.
We have to put down sitting to stand up, put down sleeping to get up, put down work to have a rest, put down stress to have clear thinking, put down tension to take a breath…when a bird wants to pick up another branch, it has to put down or give up the one in its mouth. But our desire has a big mouth, we are not willing to stop until it is filled, and sometimes we need to take the suffering of throwing up to release the burden.
We need to put down the old concept to learn new knowledge, put down isolation to have teamwork, put down esteem to serve others, put down the current step to make another…Only when the cup is emptied, can it contain more water. But the cup of our mind is always full, so that nothing more can be contained.
When we put down the view of independence, we will open a broader view of the world. When we put down the attachment to self-love, we will spend more time of ease. When we put down the delusion of inherent existence, we will have fewer knots in our mind and less dead corners in life.
The more we can put down, the more freedom we can gain, the more responsibilities we can take up, the more fruits we can share…