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Walking on Water

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This is a humorous Zen story about ego and being pragmatic.
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You don’t always have the whole picture before making assumptions on the situation at hand. I know I often jump to conclusions and let my mind fill in the gaps before getting the actual story. It something I’ve been working on. Frustration is a thing of our own making when we can’t solve a problem or fix a situation, and instead of taking a step back and looking at the whole we tend to lash out right away.
Not good friends
The two monks who didn't share the important information of the stepping stone path hidden under the waters of the lake acted like utter jerks. It costs NOTHING to share important information with another for their comfort, betterment or success. It takes a VERY shallow person to deny such. Call it the teacher in me, but I insist upon lending a helping hand to others whenever I can. I guess that's why I am serial volunteer and a marketing guy! Clients, students, youth groups, scouts, coaching my daughter’s LEGO robotics team...I WANT to help whenever I can!
I like this one as it has an unexpected twist at the end, it makes you realise not everything is what it seems.
I didn’t like this one very much
Usually they tell us what the moral of the story is but this one confused me because it didn’t do that. I can sort of figure it out but they may have had a different view on the story
Perceptions and Arrogance
Unlike many, I found this story to be humorous. 😀 The third monk was unable to see or perceive the stepping stones because his focus was on besting the other two monks. It’s an example of how our focus can either lead us safely across the water or if our focus is negative how it can tumble us into the water.
Day 2
The moral of this story is that you don’t need to amount to anything. Be yourself, don’t try to be better than anyone else. We all have our talents and we all have our weaknesses. Ignore the pier pressure others give off on to you. “Be yourself everyone else is taken.”
i viewed this story as a problem with our egos. We constantly compare ourselves to others. We shouldn't worry about others and focus on ourselves. Otherwise we too will sink.
Virtually all our “problems” are ego-based. Their source is Fear. I particularly adore, Siena, and her thoughts. Thank you, my dear lady. I would add this: COMPETE = Your Ego COMPLETE = Your True Self The difference is Love! (the letter “L”) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Walking On Water
Ego will always cause you to miss the stepping stones. Allow the wisdom of others into your life. Don't be proud
I learned that assuming that people are trying to “show off” without seeing the full picture is completely ridiculous as you never really know someone else’s thoughts.
Walter J
Several thoughts come to mind after hearing this cute story. Things are not always as they seem. A person busy doing what they intended to do (be it getting their mat or doing their laundry) is one thing but a person just trying to show off is quite another. If you are humble enough to learn from others you can one day walk on water too! Ignorance will often show itself, where wisdom is often hidden. Minding you own business will keep you out of deep water
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