The art of letting go

Monday, January 2, 2017

I remember saving and bookmarking this during a particularly frustrating time. A good one for those like me who are much too hard on themselves or just plain stubborn and need a reminder every now and again to just let go. Especially as the new year settles in... resolutions and all that ;)

Shared from Joanna's page and the NY Times.

A story from Jon Muth’s book “Zen Shorts:”

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.

The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed.

As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then, she didn’t even thank you!”

“I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”


  1. Thanks for sharing this Rincy and happy new year! I'm often guilty of being too hard on myself, something I am learning to work on and let go so this is an excellent reminder!


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