In Buddhism there is a concept that the people around us reflect our state of life. At a simple level it works out that when you smile at someone you are likely to receive a smile in return. On a deeper level a person who is only after power will interpret the actions of others around him or her as a ploy even if they are innocent. Likewise a person who thinks the best of people will regard everyone around him or her as having good intentions. Why should I be surprised my work is being criticized if I am constantly critical of myself? How can it be so hard to be patient when my 7 year old is having a melt down? If everyone from the guy in front of me in the grocery store to the members of my family are a reflection of me then I have some tweaking of myself to do. I would like to share a funny joke with the checkout lady or hear laughter more often at home. The way that I transform myself is through the chanting meditation Nam Myho Renge Kyo. This is another kind of Buddhist reflection. I will continue to chant, revolutionizing myself and notice my reflection in the people around me smile and shine with joy.
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