The Sunshine Behind

The Sunshine Behind The Clouds

“When it is Raining, we think that there is no sunshine.  But if we fly high in an airplane and go through the clouds, we rediscover the sunshine again.  We see that the sunshine is always there.  In a time of anger or despair, our love is still there also.  Our capacity to communicate, to forgive, to be compassionate is still there.  You have to believe this.  We are more than our anger, we are more than our suffering.  We must recognize that we do have within us the capacity to love, to understand, to be compassionate.  If you know this, then when it rains you won’t be desperate.  You know that the rain is there, but the sunshine is still there somewhere.  Soon the rain will stop and the sun will shine again.  Have hope.  If you can remind yourself that the positive elements are still present within you and the other person, you will know that it is possible to break through, so that the best things in both of you can come up and manifest again. 

The practice is here for that. The practice will help you touch the sunshine, touch the Buddha, the goodness within you so that you can transform the situation.  You can call this goodness anything you want to, whatever is familiar to you from your own spiritual tradition.

Deep down you must know that you are capable of being peace.  Develop the conviction that the energy of the Buddha is in you.  The only thing you need to do is to call on it for help.  You can do this by practicing mindful breathing, mindful walking and mindful sitting.”

Nhat Hanh, Thich. Anger. Penguin Group (USA), 2001. p90