One day the Buddha was sitting in the forest with a number of monks when a peasant came by. He had just lost his cows; they had run away. He asked the monks whether they had seen his cows passing by.
The Buddha said, “No, we haven’t seen your cows passing through here; you may want to look for them in another direction.”
When the farmer had gone, the Buddha turned to his monks, smiled, and said, “Dear friends, you should be very happy. You don’t have any cows to lose.”
One practice we can do is to take a piece of paper and write down the names of our cows. Then we can look deeply to see whether we’re capable of release some of them. We may have thought these things were crucial to our well-being, but if we look deeply, we may realize that they are the obstacle to our true joy and happiness.
Dear reader, learn to let go of your metaphorical cows—those things you’re attached to. Only when you can get out of your own way, you can allow the world and its riches to work their magic. Embrace that prosperity.