I grew up in the Catholic Church, and had been a to a Jewish Synagogue. I decided to write my paper on a Buddhist Temple service.
Of course, walking in off the street to any religion is difficult, if you do not understand the basic principals. I tried to Wikipedia the religion - but really? It's like reading about what fire feels like. Unless you get burnt, you have no idea.
I have never been to another Buddhist service, so I assume this was just an ordinary Sunday. You have to take your shoes off, and get a small pillow to sit on. You sit directly on the floor, and there is a giant golden Buddha in the front of the room.
There are pamphlets you can follow along with - although they are not in English. The service was more about meditation and self reflection than anything else.
It was during this meditation I discovered one of the secrets of life.
There was a large window to my right, looking out into a field. It was plush, green, and sunny. In the distance there was a pond. Crystal clear and quiet. A tree was next to the pond, its branch extending over it.
The question came to me.
If I was at the pond, what would I be doing?
Take a quick moment to answer this question for yourself. If you were at this pond, alone on a sunny day, what would you do? How would you act?
Got an answer? Okay...read on.
If I was out on the pond, I would reach down and grab a stone. I would sit out there and skip stones on the pond.
With this understanding I was able to identify who I was as a person.
The"clear pond" is life. I love chaos, and instead of leaving it alone, I cause ripples.
So astounded by this revelation I asked my wife to tell me what she would do. I asked my sister; I asked my best friend. Everyone had an answer that described their inner core. Described who they were as people.
This is a deep reflection of who I am at my core.
What would you do at the pond?