FOOD FOR THOUGHT
STRESS MANAGEMENT – A STORY
Zen Story and “Moral” of the Story
Recently – I read a Zen Story.
A Zen Master and his Students were walking in a Forest where they saw a large Stone.
Pointing to the Stone – the Master asked his students: “Is that Stone heavy…?”
“Yes – it is very heavy…” the students said.
“Only if you decide to pick it up…” the Master said.
A Zen Story can be interpreted in many ways.
Here is my interpretation.
The “Stone” in the story is a metaphor for “Entity”.
Like there are many stones in a forest – there are many entities around us – tangible and intangible.
These entities include tangible things like objects, people, situations, events in the real world etc. – and – intangible things like thoughts, ideas, politics, events we see on the electronic media and that happen in cyberspace, social media etc.
We keep worrying about these entities – and – feel burdened and stressed out by them.
That is because we try to “lift” those “stones” (entities)
Is there any need to try and “lift” all the “stones”…?
Should we bother about:
1. Things that don’t concern us.
2. Things that are beyond our control.
Is there any point in worrying about entities that don’t concern us or even those entities that concern is but may be beyond our capability to handle...?
Media and Social
Media keeps bombarding you with such things.
People and Society too.
Why engage with people who don’t concern you – or – people who are beyond your control…?
Why get stressed out by things which are remote and don’t concern you – like some event or news happening far away – especially political events and news….?
Why become anxious thinking about problems and issues that don’t concern you or are beyond your control…?
Isn’t it best to avoid trying to “lift” all those “stones” and remain in your “comfort zone…?
Why try to pick up all the “stones” we come across…?
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