Fight cravings with this Zen Parable
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 mice represented two people who offered us tempting food in the middle of a craving?
What if the strawberry represented us completely distracting ourselves from the temptations at hand?
What would your ‘strawberry’ be?
10 ideas to get you started:
-Go for a walk
-Read a fun / inspiring article
-Watch a funny / inspiring video
-Listen to something fun / enjoyable / inspiring
-Do something you’re passionate about
-Play a game on your phone / computer
-Write a thank you card / email to someone special
-Plan something fun
Let’s create a great weekend! 🙂