A Zen Parable for you to think about this weekend
One day, walking through the wilderness, a man stumbled upon a sleeping tiger. As he tried to sneak past, the tiger awoke, and began to chase the man. The man took flight, running as fast as he could until finding himself at the edge of a high cliff.
Desperate to save himself, the man climbed down a vine and dangled over the jagged precipice. As he hung there, two mice, one white and one black, appeared from a hole in the cliff and began gnawing on the vine. Suddenly, the man noticed on the vine a plump wild strawberry. He plucked it and popped it in his mouth. It was incredibly delicious!
What if the tiger represented an intense craving or urge?
What if the man running as fast as he could represented us going for a walk or talking on the phone or reading something inspiring or doing something we love when we’re in the middle of an intense urge or craving?
What if the two mice represented two well meaning people who offered us junk in the middle of a craving as we’re going for a walk or talking on the phone or reading something inspiring or doing something we love?
What if the strawberry represented us COMPLETELY distracting ourselves from the temptations at hand?
What would your ‘strawberry’ be?
Let’s create a great weekend!