Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.” The second monk said, “Aren’t we not suppose to talk?” The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?” The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak
Moral of the story
We all have a mind similar to that of a monkey jumping from branch to branch, always moving hear and there. This is known in Buddhism as the Monkey Mind, most of us never really noticing what we are thinking and act in a similar way to the Four monks practicing their meditation, each thought having actions and every action is the karmic reaction of that thought.
Training our minds in meditation not only calms our minds making us less stressed, anxious or depressed but helps us see clearly first hand our own monkey minds in action.
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