This Too Shall Pass

Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go. – Mooji

A student went to see his meditation teacher and said, “My situation is unbearable! I feel so distracted most of the time, my legs ache, my body is in pain and I cannot sit still. I can’t go on.”

The teacher replied matter-of-factly, “That’s okay. It will pass.”

A week later, the student returned to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so ecstatically joyous and alive! Now I understand everything!”

The teacher told him: “That’s okay. It will pass.”

Zen Story

Every transient experience we have in life will pass easily if we do not attach a feeling, story, or belief about it. We only suffer when we allow the mind to hold onto that which is always moving, like clouds in the sky.

24 thoughts on “This Too Shall Pass

  1. Very nice story…and reminder, Karen. After I read this, I was immediately reminded of Rumi’s “The Guest House.” It has been my go-to poem many times over the years, and I am reading it frequently these days.

  2. Such a great thought and understanding to be able to come back to when needed. There are times where I can be frustrated, and taking a step back ~ re-thinking or simply understanding the situation (and irrelevancy of my frustration) things move back to center. What can be more difficult, is when on a high and feeling good, not to lose sight of the center either 🙂 Thank you very much, Karen, wishing you well this coming weekend.

    1. I agree Randall, maintaining a neutral position in every experience isn’t what we feel familiar with! Reminding ourselves to find our ‘center’is the practice. Thank you and Have a great weekend too 🤗

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