Original inspirational Moral Story
The Two Zebra’s
Along a beautiful enchanted river path, two zebra’s walk side by side, enjoying the fresh air and tranquility of each moment.
They are best friends and have been for many years. Both have taken a different lifestyle approach to the main zebra herd, and choose instead to seek enlightenment.
The path twists a turns matching the river it’s following until It comes to a crossing point. It is here our two zebra’s must cross the river, wading through the current to the other side.
As they start taking their zebra socks and shoes off, suddenly a lion jumps out from the bushes beside them!
“Excuse me,” politely asks the Lion, “but I’m terribly frightened of the water and fast flowing current, would one of you be able to carry me across.”
Without thought or hesitation one of the zebra’s tells the lion to climb on his back, and hold on tight. With shoes and socks in one hand and a lion on one of the zebra’s backs, the three wade across the river to the safety of the other side.
The lion thanks the zebra and disappears into the undergrowth. The two zebra’s look at each other for a moment, then carry on wandering along the path, in silence. Once again enjoying the tranquility of each moment.
It turned out that one our our zebra’s wasn’t enjoying the moment at all. The zebra who hadn’t picked up the lion was beginning to get himself quite worked up about something. Muttering under his breath as they walked, and the more he muttered under his breath, the more he was getting worked up.
Finally he broke the silence, it was too much for him to bare any longer, “why did you pick that lion up and allow it to climb on your back, are you insane?” He demanded, “lions eat us for breakfast, lunch and dinner! What were you thinking?” He raged further.
“Brother,” the second zebra calmly replied, “this happened many many miles back, it was I who carried the lion on my back and it was I who placed him down on the other side, over an hour ago. So why, brother, are you still carrying the lion with you?
Author: Dhamma Tāpasā*
Moral of The Story:
We all can become obsessed with thoughts running around in our minds, Letting Go is easy to say but sometimes seemingly so difficult too do. To master this vital skill for happiness requires practice and training of the mind. Seeing how we naturally Let Go of our sense impressions, sound, smells, sights, that we have no interest in, as just one example, helps us see the skills needed to truly Let Go.
Meditation is about observing or watching the minds function and how each action has an equal an opposite reaction, seeing this dance of consciousness is humanities true purpose to living a fully satisfying life without the need for constantly more!
*Dhamma Tāpasā a trained ex Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational teacher of mindfulness and meditation techniques through the art of storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.