An Empty Boat…………….

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One day, a monk decides to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He takes his boat out to the middle of the lake, moors it there, closes his eyes, breathes normally and begins his meditation. After a few hours of undisturbed silence and in a deep meditative state, he suddenly feels the bump of another boat colliding with his own pretty hard. With his eyes still closed, he senses his anger rising and his face turns almost red with fury. By the time he opens his eyes, he is ready to scream at the boatman who dared disturb his meditation.

But when he opens his eyes, he sees it’s an empty boat that had probably got untethered and floated to the middle of the lake not knowing whether there was another boat floating by.  At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that the anger is within him, it merely needs the bumps of an external object to provoke it out of him.

From then on, whenever he comes across someone who irritates him or provokes him to anger, he reminds himself, ‘The other person is merely an empty boat. The anger is within me. It is not outside. I have to understand from where my anger is coming.’  Take time for introspection and search for your answers within yourself. Learn from your mistakes and be kind and gentle to whomever you come across in your life. Empty boat is simply a famous and fabulous metaphor. Its value lies in its implementation.

Every aspect of our lives needs to be reflected and contemplated through the lens of Timeless Wisdom. Being content and grateful are the keys to living a life free from anger and bitterness. Be a Light unto Yourself.

Live Life fully, Enjoy in the being of Life and Look Fab…………………

88 thoughts on “An Empty Boat…………….

    1. I completely agree with you, Amira and such a beautiful inspiring story that there is no one outside of us then who are we getting angry on. There is only emptiness everywhere. Thanks so much for your reblogging my work. I feel so happy that these stories reach out to so many wonderful people. Love and light to you too dear.


    1. Yes Tanvir I so agree with your words totally even sometimes same thing happens with me too but when we remember these true stories then we come to realise who are we angry with, there is no one but us. Thanks dear so much for your comments.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this interesting Zen story. It inspires me to compose this run of haiku in response:

    serenity stirred
    anger arises within
    aware of feeling

    shutting eyes and mind
    oblivious of world around
    bump is wake up call

    own boat crushed and leaked
    crossed over to empty boat
    towed boats back to shore

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    1. Thank you dear Cornelia for these wonderful words and yes these stories are eye openers for all of us and how when we are angry or having negative thoughts about someone this story will definitely come before us cause there is no one but us in this whole gamut. Love and hugs to you dear.

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  2. Again a wonderful post with eyes opening lesson.👌 We can’t control everyone or every circumstances but we can always control the way we react to them. Disturbing Anger or eternal peace , both lies in us.

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