Some people say that if there is a rock lodged in our minds, we must remove it. Otherwise, it becomes a burden. If there is rock blocking the road we are on, we also must remove it in order to pass. If there is a rock in the yard, we have to carefully arrange it for it to look good.
What are the rocks in our minds? Distress, worries, sorrow, hatred, depression, and anxiety are all such obstacles. When we feel we have been wronged, it is worse than any other rocks in our minds. A particular person or a certain situation can also be like a rock. Even money, property, or possessions can become rocks in our minds. If we do not let go of these rocks, they become burdens, making life difficult.
If you think about it, people are incredibly strong, carrying tons of worries in our minds! In addition to these worries, there are also the burdens of human relations, finances, and the stress of daily life. We have to deal with right and wrong, self and others, gain and loss, and good and bad all the time. These problems keep piling up in our minds. No wonder people nowadays are trying to learn how to get rid of their stress and to let go of rocks in their mind.
Unfortunately, rocks are not easy to let go of. The ones outside of our minds are the most difficult to dislodge. They can be a government policy, a group plan, others’ disapproval, a different opinion, or in worse cases, endless blame, criticism, warnings, and slander.
Our own efforts are necessary to remove the rocks that are either inside or outside of our minds. It is impossible for others to do the job. Others can only offer advice, consolation, and encouragement. Even if others helped us remove the “rocks” today, there will be other rocks tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow. Whether it be letting go or removing the rocks, we must always keep in mind that “the only one who can untie the bell is the one who tied it in the first place.” Only we can remove our own rocks. The best way for us to do so is to practice the Dharma. We can remove the rocks with morality, concentration, and wisdom ,or break them up by practicing the Noble Eightfold Path. If we are dealing with rocks outside of our minds, we can apply wisdom and compassion and build relationships to change their nature. When these rocks are changed, they will no longer be rocks!
The Buddha taught us to “let go, and move on.” By being able to view the five aggregates as empty, we will be able to liberate ourselves from all suffering and be carefree!