April 18, 2009 11:09 PM
There is a view within Buddhist thought regarding how one conducts themselves with regard to what contemporary culture refers to as “venting.” One of the aspects of this thought says that to take it upon oneself to “dump” / “vent” / inflict or impose one’s bad mood upon another is negative energy and bad karma. The person may have been happy or peaceful until the other person came along and thoughtlessly/carelessly/selfishly spread their black cloud.
So the question comes as to what a mindful person does upon experiencing duress/distress. Instead of placing the burden upon another, either metaphorically or literally write your woes and angers down on paper and throw it into a fire. You dissolve your concerns and fears and troubles. You did not burden another.
You realized that your emotions and even your perspective and state of consciousness will shift. What has concerned you today does not concern you down the road. You are like a ship in a raging sea. The storm tosses the boat to and fro. Your mind is this ship. Consciousness is the sea. You can have a tranquil sea or a raging one. It is up to you. No one else is towing you to shore. You are the only one who can take the helm and steer to peace of mind.