Sometimes we complicate our life by thinking and doing too much. When we allow ourselves time to be still and listen, we realise how quickly our problems and stress can resolve.
Peace of mind
Buddha was walking from one town to another with a few of his followers. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, ”I am thirsty, please fetch me some water from the lake.”
The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and very turbid. The disciple thought, how can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink! So he came back and told Buddha, ”The water is very muddy, I dont think it is fit for you to drink.”
After about half an hour, Buddha again asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above looked clean. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.
Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, ”See what you did to make the water clear, you let it be … and the mud settled down on its own.” Our mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, and busy, we must let it be. Give it a little time and patience. It will settle down on its own.
There is peace inside each of us. The more we practice being in the presence of stillness and peace, the more our minds settle and become clear, helping us resolve our situations. Stepping back and waiting patiently in life, we may find our life settles naturally and easily without any effort.
“Be still and find your peace today.”