Transform Your Thinking; Transform Your Life
the Mountain of Enlightenment
an Inspirational and Motivational Story
An old man begins a long and steady climb up to the top of a mountain. The path is rough as not many take the route he has chosen. It is muddy and in places slippery underfoot with many jagged rocks and thorny bushes he must negotiate along the way. It is raining heavily and the clouds have descended all around him making his journey seem even tougher. His thinking is fast and one of constant complaining, causing him much suffering as he goes.
As he slowly climbs he mutters under his breath with every step. His words are harsh and cruel to himself but he continues onwards. The rain doesn’t let up and the clouds seem even thicker as he keeps to the chosen path.
On more then one occasion his mind tells him to give up, on more than one occasion he feels it is hopeless and believes that the journey isn’t worth it. But he pushes on despite he constant complaining.
As he progresses his thoughts begin to slow and his harsh words to himself lessen. He begins to see the clouds all around him part ever so slightly. The rain is easing.
Finally he pushes through the clouds and is greeted with a glorious blue sky and the sun shines its beautiful warming rays upon him. A smile graces his face and his thinking mind has stopped. He can see the peak in the distance and the clouds far below.
His mind is still and as clear as the blue sky around him. He is filled with joy and peace and It’s just a few more steps to the top, just a few more steps to go.
Moral of the Story:
As humans it is the thoughts we have that play havoc in our lives. They can cause us stress and anxieties of pure suffering. To see these thoughts and our inner dialogue as no more than passing clouds in a weather system of our own making can help us let go and stop attaching importance to them.
Our feelings come from our thoughts and our behaviours are acting on those feelings. It is the thinking and inner dialogue that causes our feelings and are feelings dictate our behaviours. Thoughts come and thoughts go, just like clouds in the sky, neither attach or hold onto them and are behaviours are innately one of peace.
We can not control our thoughts, as humans we are like little thought factories producing one thought after another. It is always our attachment to these thoughts that make us suffer. Just allow the thought to pass, like the clouds in the sky, neither wanting to control or attach to them.
Author: Dhamma Tāpasā* (Andrew Hallas)
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a fully trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. The creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Mind Transformative Guide, Mindfulness Trainer, Published Author and the creator of The Revive & Thrive – A Positive Mind Training
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