Krishnamurti gathers his followers.
They sit together in silence. Soon, a follower asks him, “Beloved Teacher, what is the secret of your happiness?”
Krishnamurti replies, “Do you really want to know?”
The followers respond in a chorus, “Yes teacher, please – enlighten us!”
Krishnamurti says, “My secret is this: I don’t mind what happens.”
I like to imagine his followers appear crestfallen. One timid soul says, “Dude, what else you got?”…
We often want some sexy spiritual secret to “cure” us of our unhappiness. But simply “Not minding what happens” may be the key.
How do you not mind what happens when you do indeed mind what happens?
I think it’s about complete observational honesty. You see your objections. Yet you don’t have to dive into them. You let everything flow in its natural state of impermanence, like the river in my last blog post.
Here’s some more good news: If you really do “mind what happens,” you can love that too. You find a way to not mind the fact that you mind.
This paradox contains an infinite capacity for self-forgiveness. Forgiveness prevails even when we’re not as “spiritual” or “unflappable” or “not-minding” as we think we should be.
Minding exists for you to practice not minding. Either way, you’re “doing it right.”
How do you release minding what happens? Or how do you release minding that you mind?