Patanjali, a great saint from
India, wrote noble guidelines for elevating the mind. He said that we
should feel joy towards happy people, compassion towards miserable people,
when many of us meet happy people, we feel jealousy or envy, even
suspicion that they are “on” some drug. When we meet miserable people,
often we think their difficulties are their own fault, and we blame and
shame them, feeling pity at best, but certainly we often don’t feel
compassion that would impel us to offer real help.
we meet virtuous people, we more likely think they are naive and
foolish, instead of emulating their honorable characteristics. And
when we meet people whose actions are “sinful,” according to our own
belief system, we judge and crucify them rather than egolessly feeling
non-attachment towards them and their supposed transgressions.
course, what one person thinks is a sin to another person may be a virtue!
also offers us awareness with which to elevate our minds. The four
“elements” in which the 12 signs of the zodiac reside offer clues to
signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are emotive and proactive. They are often
the first ones to react or to respond. If egotistical, they might be
presumptuous. But if transcendent, they will be the willing initiators of
change, while other signs may drag their feet.
signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) put their physical energy where their
proverbial mouth is. They don’t say to the miserable person, “Wow,
your life sure is hard.” They say, “What can I offer to help your
situation?” And then they simply do it.
signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), brainstorm about solutions andbegin an
educational communications campaign to learn about options. They may
get stuck in theorization, or they may impel powers that can facilitate
improvement to do so.
signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) have both empathy and sympathy for
the experience of others, even if very different from one’s own life.
They cannot let anyone simply suffer when they know they could do
something to help. They are natural saviors.
Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at (808) 429-2411. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.cheapeasy.net/jade.htm.