“Do you love yourself? Do you care about yourself?” I asked a friend of mine.
“Yes, of course,” she said.
“Then stop condemning others!” I said. The friend had been criticizing a group of people at her gym because she thinks they only care about their friends and no one else. They eat together, sit together and don’t care if someone is sitting next to them or not. She always mentions how rude they are and how they don’t care about others. She always laments about this group and one day I realized she must want to be like them. She must like to be included in a group who take care of each other. It’s like she is yearning for that love.
We never know what messages our world presents to us. Sometimes when we see other people being happy, we envy them because deep down we want to be happy. It’s every human’s sole (soul) purpose to be happy. But we don’t know how to be happy because we are so addicted to being sad, criticizing others, feeling sorry for ourselves that we have forgotten even to laugh. Gradually we pull ourselves from others and eventually we shrivel inside. We have nothing left to be happy about because we just focus on negative things.
When something is shriveled, the first think we do is to give water to it. Laughter is the best water for internal soul garden. It opens our heart and allows others to enter and admire what’s inside. That’s what we humans need.
What do you do to nourish your internal garden?