From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge January 7, 2021

From our lives at home or at work, nearly every aspect of our daily life has been affected by the on-going pandemic that began in early 2020. We all must channel our power of resilience and flexibility to tackle challenges we will face in 2021.
For the New Year of 2021, Honolulu Myohoji Mission will be offering a new outreach program including online therapeutic coaching sessions along with storytelling by Dr. Yukari.
Collected from all over the world, these stories are meant to help regain power and understanding and will be a part of “Dr. Yukari’s Zoom Lounge”. The collection of stories span from Buddhism and other religions along with fables, and real life stories from our communities. During this time, there are people taking to the internet to discuss and share current challenges.
We encourage you to take a moment to reflect and open yourself up to the wisdom teachings available.

One day, a man journeyed through a village in the valley and made his way towards a hill top village. The traveler had left the village in the valley a few hours ago. While he was walking, he passed by a monk working on a farm.
“Hello Dear Monk, I see you are working so hard! I stayed in the village in the valley last night and I am currently headed towards the village over the summit. I was wondering if you could tell me more about the next village?”
The monk stopped his work and wiped the sweat from his forehead. He faced the traveler and asked,
“How was the village you stayed at last night?”
“Dear Monk, I must tell you about what a terrible place it was. For starters, the people were rude, stingy, and didn’t care to share their food with me. They also sheltered me, but they housed me with the dogs and horses. I didn’t even understand what they were saying. They spoke a strange and unfamiliar language.”
“Well, I am afraid to tell you that the next village over the summit will probably do the same.”
After a few days pass, another traveler came across the same monk working on the farm. This traveler also took notice of how hard the monk was working. Similar to the last traveler, he asks,
“Hi there Dear Monk, I stayed in the village in the valley last night and I am planning to head towards the village over the summit. What can you tell me about that village?”
The monk wiped the sweat off of his forehead and asked,
“How was the village you stayed at last night?”
The traveler responds,
“I couldn’t communicate with them well, but they offered me a place to sleep within their home. I insisted on sleeping outside but they made it clear that it would be safer if I slept closer to the animals. Although the village seemed a bit impoverished, the people were generous with their good hearts.”
The monk cracked a smile and said,
“Is that right? Then you will probably find the next village to be just like the one you just came from.”
(To be continued)

From February 2021, consultations with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue will be available to discuss your challenges and worries faced in daily life involving family, relationships, anxiety, stress, grief & loss. The First 2 sessions will be free of charge.

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