Monday, November 19th, 2012 Focus: I have the courage to face my judgments, vengeance, anxiety, and resentments.

Our endless dream of having the courage to face our judgment, our vengeance, our anxiety, our resentments and to live with them is captured in this ancient story told to schoolchildren in India. It is the lesson of the King Cobra, who grows the largest and lives the longest.

An ordinary cobra keeps spewing venom and so becomes a feared snake. But the King Cobra doesn’t bite and waste its poison. It retains, retains, and retains its venom so very patiently, with caution, in meditation for long, long years. Until the poison somehow condenses and solidifies into a diamond. When all its venom becomes a diamond, the King Cobra spits out the jewel that living has produced and dies in bliss.

Dare we understand this as our purpose? The diamond of love waits to be crystallized in each of us.

Excerpted from the article:
Turning Venom into Diamonds: How to Move from Vengeance to Empathy by Mark Nepo.

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