A monk told Joshu: “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”
Joshu asked: “Have you eaten your rice porridge?”
The monk replied: “I have eaten.”
Joshu said: “Then you had better wash your bowl.”
At that moment the monk was enlightened.
Leo Babauta: “There is something profound and yet minimalist about this advice. It’s: don’t get your head caught up in all this thinking about the meaning of life … instead, just do. Just wash your bowl. And in the washing, you’ll find all you need.”
This story is about just doing whatever it is that needs to be done. It is not about getting a huge task done; it is about taking the next step. Often, we are overwhelmed by the grandness of our ideas or our to-do lists. Just take the next small step. You can plan and think until you are blue in the face, but the next small step is what keeps you moving forward. When you feel stuck or you are avoiding due to fear of failure or how big an endeavor seems, come back to this Zen story. The monk in the story simply told the student to wash the bowl after eating.
Copyright June 2020- May 2022
I write to empower people in their lives. Whether it is a mantra, positive intention, sign from the Universe or something altogether different, I just hope you find something inspirational in what I write that seems to be what you needed