If we are serious about becoming the masters of our minds and emotions, instead of the slaves of our minds and emotions, if we are really serious about leading a life which will be of benefit for ourselves and others, we have to become selective. We cannot do everything in this lifetime.
We have to decide in our lives what is really of importance to us and what is not. And we must simplify, we must renounce. As the wonder of the Dharma takes over our lives more and more, we lose interest in other things that previously had seemed so important to us.
In the spring and the summer, when the trees are in full blossom, if you try to pull the leaves off, there’s resistance, because the leaves don’t want to come off. But in autumn, they naturally just fall, getting ready for new growth.