The Book of Awakening: Mark Nepo

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An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt.
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When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
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“How does it taste?” the master asked. “Bitter,” spit the apprentice.
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The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake.
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The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
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As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?” “Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
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“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master. “No,” said the young man.
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At this, the master sat beside this serious young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands, offering, “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less.
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The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same.
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But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in.
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So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. . . . Stop being a glass.
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Become a lake.”
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