should be doing the Tao Te Ching. I apologize and will continue it tomorrow, but I wanted to share a story that some of you may know. Please forgive me for I will be telling it short hand and maybe not all the details will be correct, but the jist of the story is something that I'm going to practice and I thought others might enjoy this also.
There live a man named Siddhartha a long time ago who one day saw death and suffering and asked, "Why do we suffer?" He decided to find the answer to this. So for years he looked far and low for the answer and yet did not find it. He tried many mediations and did not find it. He denied the body and did not find it.
One day he sat underneath a Bodhi Tree, contempating this. As he sat, he noticed a farmer farming. He felt at peace and a calmness came over him. He realized that he had found his answer to suffering. The peace was right here in the Now. The present moment. The answer was within him the entire time.
Later on that night a demon came to him under the Bodhi Tree. It offered him the gifts of the world and Siddhartha said nothing. Frustrasted, the demon projected fear unto the Siddhartha and he calmly looked upon fear and said, "I know you." Then the demon projected anger upon him and again he calmly looked upon anger and said, "I know you." And once again the demon projected guilt upon him and again he calmly looked upon it and said, " I know you."
All night this went on, with the demon projecting all of these thoughts and emotions onto Siddhartha. And all night he calmly looked upon each one and said, "I know you."
Finally the demon gave up and left. That day Siddhartha became awakened and today we know him as The Buddha.
What I love about this story is it shows us the ability to look upon our thoughts and simply say, "I know you." We can practice looking upon the thought as nothing more than what it is...a thought, not out True Selves.
So the next time we see anger, or jealousy, or fear or even pleasure. We can look upon, maybe even with a smile and say, "I Know You."