This story reminds me that true healing comes from the self, not others.
Once a man was walking through a forest thinking about his tendency to always feel angry.
“I just don’t want to be angry anymore,” he kept thinking to himself.
Deeper into the forest, he saw the wise sage of the forest standing by a tree-actually, the sage had his arms wrapped around the tree.
“O great sage,” said the man, “can you help me? I’ve been plagued with anger all my life, and I just can’t stand it anymore. Can you give me your teaching?”
“I can certainly help you,” said the sage, “but first I have to wait until this tree lets go of me.”
“But, sir,” said the man, “the tree isn’t holding on to you, you’re holding on to it.’
The sage smiled. “That is my teaching,” he said, and let go of the tree and disappeared into the forest.
What do you need to let go of today?