Be Aware Of Oneself

A Zen Story – found this worthy of a forward:

One day one person climbed up a mountain where a hermit woman was meditating.
She had taken refuge and was asked:

“What are you doing here alone in such a solitude place?”
To which she replied:

“I have lots of work !”

“And how can you have so much work?
I don’t see anything around you here…?”

“I have to train two hawks and two eagles, assure two rabbits, discipline one snake, motivate a donkey and tame a lion…..”

“And, where have they gone that I don’t see them?”

“I have them all inside here within me…!!

The hawks stare on everything that is presented to me, good or bad, I have to work on them to see only good things. They are my eyes.

The two eagles with their claws hurt and destroy, I have to train them not to hurt. They are my hands.

Rabbits want to go where they want, at the same time they do not want to face difficult situations, I have to teach them to be calm even if there is suffering or stumbling. They are my feet.

The donkey is always tired, stubborn and does not want to carry the load each time I walk. That is my body!

The most difficult to tame is the “snake.” Although it is locked in a strong cage with 32 bars, it is always ready to sting, bite and poison anyone nearby. I have to discipline it… that’s my tongue.

I also have one Lion. Oh … how proud, vain, he thinks that “he is the king.” I have to tame him. And that’s my ego.
So you see, my friend, I have lots of work….. “Think & Reflect !
We all may have the same — Lots to work on ourselves !

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