Do you know how they trap certain species of monkeys in Africa? Some of the indigenous populations devised an ingenious method to trap monkeys. They would take a coconut, a jar, or a container and make a hole small enough for the monkey to stick it’s hand in it. Then they would place a piece of fruit or food inside the container and wait for the monkey to come down and stick their hand in to grab the fruit. Read More
Month: July 2014
This expression comes from the tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen. In it, there was an emperor who loved wearing fine clothes and spent all of his people’s money on them. He had a different set for each hour and was, without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land. Read More
Two Zen masters were walking beside a stream.
“How happily the fish are swimming in the stream,” observed one.
“You do not know the fish are swimming happily,” observed the other, thoroughly schooled in the notion of projection!
“You do not know that I do not know that the fish are swimming happily,” countered the first, apparently even more thoroughly schooled in the notion of projection!
– old Zen story
In today’s hyper connected world, it’s really difficult to be mindful and connected to the present. It’s hard enough to master “the art of being”, but you add in something as small as a smartphone with ubiquitous wifi or data access, and it becomes virtually impossible. One of the simplest (simple does not mean easy) ways to find joy in your everyday life is by just being. Read More