Less Is More & The Wisdom of the Golden Buddha

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You're a lot like a golden buddha, believe it or not...

Discovering where the universe is asking you to go is not about adding more to your life, it’s more about taking away what’s been burdened upon you. There’s a story that I love telling to people about uncovering your authentic self. It is the story of the golden Buddha.
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Way back in 1957, a group of monks had to relocate a monastery in Thailand to make room for a new highway in Bangkok. Eventually, during the relocation, the monks began moving a ten-and-a-half-foot-tall, two-and-half ton, giant clay Buddha. During the move, one of the monks noticed a large crack in the clay of the Buddha and, when he looked closer, he saw there was a bright golden light coming from the crack. The monk went back into the monastery to get a hammer and a chisel to chip away at the clay. Slowly, it was revealed that the giant Buddha statue wasn’t made of clay at all; it was in fact made of solid gold. Historians believe that the giant Buddha was covered with clay by monks hundreds of years earlier as the Burmese army was attacking Thailand (called Siam at the time). These Siamese monks covered their sacred Buddha in clay so as to keep it from being looted by the Burmese. While the monks were viciously slaughtered, the ten-foot-tall Buddha remained because the Burmese thought it held no value. And it wasn’t until 1957 that the golden Buddha hidden within all those layers of clay was finally discovered.
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You yourself are a lot like this golden Buddha. Within every single one of us lies our very own gold trying to shine through all that crap that’s been layered on us our entire lives. All we have to do is chip away at that clay piece by piece and realize our inner, powerful potential.

Travis Barton