Side Effects of Meditation

My mom felt exhausted. She was irritable and grumpy, until one day, suddenly, she changed.

One day when I said to her:
– I’m going to have a few beers with friends.
She replied: Okay.

My brother said to her:
– I’m doing poorly in all subjects in college.

My Mom replied:
– Okay, you will recover, and if you don’t, you repeat the semester, but you pay the tuition.

My sister said to her:
– I smashed the car.

My Mom replied:
– Okay, take it to the car shop & get it fixed.

All of us were worried to see these reactions coming from mom.

We suspected that she had gone to the doctor and was prescribed some pills called “I don’t give a damn”.

We then proposed to do an “intervention” with my mom to remove her from any possible addiction she had towards some anti-tantrum medication.

But then She gathered us around her and explained:

“It took me a long time to realize that each person is responsible for their life. It took me years to discover that my anguish, anxiety, my depression, my courage, my insomnia & my stress, does not solve your problems but aggravates mine.

I am not responsible for the actions of anyone and it’s not my job to provide happiness.

Therefore, I came to the conclusion that my duty to myself is to remain calm and let each one of you solve what corresponds to you.

I have taken courses in yoga, meditation, miracles, human development, mental hygiene, vibration and neurolinguistic programming and in all of them, I found a common denominator.

I can only control myself, you have all the necessary resources to solve your own problems despite how hard they may be. My job is to PRAY for you, LOVE you, ENCOURAGE you, but it’s up to YOU to solve them and find your happiness.

I can only give you my advice if you ask me and it depends on you to follow it or not. There are consequences, good or bad, to your decisions and YOU have to live with them.

Everyone at home was speechless.

We are the problem and the solution to all the problems. We cannot control our surroundings, however we can control our reactions towards it.

-Apurva

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