Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a wise old sage named Isabel. She lived in a quaint little cottage tucked away at the far end of a beautiful lake, surrounded by rugged mountains and lush green pine forests. She was far from the hustle and bustle of modern society. But despite her peaceful surroundings, Isabel struggled with persistent thoughts, a problem that had been plaguing her for many years.
Every night, as she lay in bed, a flood of thoughts would wash over her like a tidal wave. Her mind would race with questions, doubts, and worries that kept her awake for hours on end. Despite her best efforts to calm her thoughts and clear her mind, they just kept coming back stronger and stronger.
Isabel tried everything she could think of to get rid of these persistent thoughts. She meditated, practiced yoga, and even sought the help of other wise sages in the land. But nothing seemed to work. No matter what she did, her thoughts remained stubbornly anchored in her mind, driving her to the brink of despair.
One day, Isabel decided to take matters into her own hands. She set out on a journey across the land, searching for a solution to her problem. She traveled far and wide, seeking the guidance of all the wise sages and mystics she could find.
After many long weeks of wandering, she finally came upon an ancient temple deep in the mountains. There, she met a wise old monk who had dedicated his life to understanding the nature of the mind.
The monk listened patiently as Isabel explained her problem. Then, he smiled and said, “My dear, you are trying too hard to get rid of your thoughts. You must learn to accept them, to welcome them into your mind like guests in your home.”
Isabel was puzzled by this advice. She had always thought that her thoughts were the enemy, something to be fought against and overcome. But the monk explained that persistence was not a bad thing, that it was a natural part of the human experience.
“Your thoughts are like the waves of the ocean,” the monk said. “They come and go, rise and fall. But you are the ocean itself, deep and expansive. You must learn to embrace your thoughts, to observe them without judgment, and to let them pass through you like the wind.”
Isabel was skeptical at first, but she decided to give the monk’s advice a try. She began to meditate every day, focusing on her breath and allowing her thoughts to come and go, without trying to control or resist them.
Over time, she found that her thoughts began to lose their power over her. They no longer kept her awake at night, or caused her anxiety and stress. Instead, she learned to welcome them as part of her experience, to learn from them, and to let them go when it was time to move on.
In the end, Isabel realised that her persistent thoughts had been a gift all along, a reminder of the infinite possibilities and complexities of the human mind. And while she still had her moments of doubt and worry, she knew that she had the tools and the wisdom to face them with equanimity and grace.
Moral of story:
Where & What we Focus Our Attention On, Our Hearts & Minds Follow!
Learning mindfulness and meditation, in my opinion, is one of the greatest things you could ever do for yourself. It allows us to see a direct separation between ourselves and thoughts. That separation automatically makes our thoughts less in control of us, those persistent thoughts become weaker and weaker having leas and less significance on us.
If you want to learn about Meditation and Mindfulness from a former buddhist monk then start I suggest trying the Body Scan Meditation first. a simple meditation that uses our senses of touch to explore our bodies. this meditation works well for those with persistent thoughts and busy minds.
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. Now a Life Changing and inspirational Positive Coach, a certified NLP Practitioner, Mindfulness Trainer, a Motivational Speaker and a Published Author.
Creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle.
By using his unique approach of storytelling, mixed with some ancient Buddhist Monk Secrets, 3 Simple Life Principles and all combined with 21st century scientifically proven NLP techniques, Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture your imaginations whilst teaching you valuable Life Skills that will change every aspect of your life.