Student: I feel sorry for the snails clinging to the rocks on the oceans edge. The waves bang over the snails constantly, and they have to cling tightly so they don’t get knocked off the rock.
Teacher: The snails aren’t clinging tightly. They are not feeling overwhelmed by the waves. They accept life’s ebbs and flows without resisting. You don’t have to feel sorry for the snails. They are relaxed and feeling replenished with every wave that passes over them.
However, it seems that human beings do resist the wave of negative emotions that flood over them when things aren’t working out as they hoped. Humans have a tendency to cling to their vision of success while feeling overwhelmed by a wave of disappointment.
Student: How can I stop myself from being overwhelmed by the feeling of disappointment when I fall short of my goal?
Teacher: If you sense the wave of negative emotions coming, you can learn to relax and allow it to pass over you without knocking you over. Simply remind yourself, “This too shall pass.” Just knowing the fact that you cannot avoid the wave from coming, and knowing that if you don’t resist the wave, it will pass over you quickly – just knowing that will feel rejuvenating rather than debilitating.