I will be participating in the April A-Z challenge which involves writing a blog post every day (except for Sunday) with a theme based on the letters of the alphabet (April 1-A, April 2-B, etc.). I will be focusing on wellness. Hopefully it’ll be motivational and educational for all of us.
One of the neat things about Buddhism is the short, vivid stories it uses to teach us how to be mindful in our lives. These stories can be helpful no matter what our religious beliefs.
The link I am providing is advertising a book but if you scroll down the page a little you will find six zen stories. I particularly like #3 on non-judgement. It reminds me to try not to get to upset when something “bad” happens because it could be for my own good in the long run.
Zen stories are valuable because they can snap us out of faulty ways of thinking and show us us a new way of seeing the things going on around us.
You can easily find other sites by doing a Google search of “zen stories”.
Buddhist koans are wonderful. They can break through the chaos in your day and refocus your mind on what is truly important in life. My favorite is about a butcher that never needs to sharpen his knives because he has learned to find the spaces between the joints. It reminds me that I am making things harder for myself by struggling.
Awesome story, I haven’t heard that one before.
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