ZEN STORIES (with a lesson): “The well” (about silence and meditation)



One day some people came to a solitary monk  . 

They asked him:

“What is the meaning of silence and meditation? “

The monk was just the scooping of water 

from a deep well. 

He said to his visitors: 

“Look into the well. What do you see?” 

The people looked into the deep well and responded: 

“We see nothing!”

The monk put down his bucket. 

After a short while, he urged the people once more: 

“Look into the well! 

What do you see now? ” 

The people looked down again: 

“Now we see ourselves!” 

“You could not see anything,” replied the monk, 

“Because the water was restless as your life. 

But now it’s quiet. 

This is what the silence gives us : one sees himself “

Then the monk told the people to wait a while. 

Finally, he asked them: 

“And now look again into the well. 

What do you see? ” 

The man looked down.

“Now we see the stones on the bottom of the well.” 

The monk said: 

“This is the experience of silence and meditation. 

If you wait long enough, you can see the reason of all things. “

~ author unknown


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Bowden says:

    Beautiful post, dear Amira! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much dear Anita! The zen stories are my favorites, they always have a simple lesson to keep in our minds 🙂

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  2. Lovely post, dear Amira 🌷

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    1. Thank you so much dear friend! ❤

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  3. Thanks, dear Amira – we can find ouselves in the stillness and calm of our mind, and when our mind is absolutely still, so that we have closed all outer doors, we can open the inner doors, also with the Grace of God.
    Thanks for sharing, my dear friend 🙂
    All what is good for you

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  4. Yes, not always easy to reach to that point but worthwhile trying to dwell in silent peaceful oasis of time to be in communion with our inner Divine Guidance. Best wishes for you as well dear friend! ❤


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