Two Monks and a Maiden, a Zen story on Deciding your own Vibe.
So the story goes like this....
An O.G. monk and a junior monk were traveling together. Along their journey they stumble upon a river with a strong current. As the monks are preparing to cross the wild ass river, they see a “pretty young thang” also attempting to cross. So, seeing the two monks, shes like “hey guys, can you help a sister out with crossing this wild ass river?” The two monks look at each other and the young Monk is all, "uhhh, well, I... I don't know.." Because he had just taken vows not to touch a woman.
Then, without a word, the O.G. monk picked up the woman, respectfully carried her across the river, placed her on the other side, (didn’t ask for her phone number) wished her well and she carried on her journey.
The younger monk, watching from one side of the river, couldn’t believe what had just happened. He finally gets his ass in the river, rejoins his companion on the other side and they continued on their journey. But the young monk was still feeling a way.
An hour goes by in silence. Then two hours.
Then three hours… and finally the younger monk can't handle it any longer and he pops off! He starts with “You know, as monks, we are not permitted to touch a woman, (fucking permit patty in here) so how could you carry that woman on your shoulders?”
The older monk looked at him and replied, “Bro, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are YOU still carrying her?”
Mic Drop. That is literally the ending of the story. The lessons in this is pretty obvious. First, do the right thing. If someone needs help, fucking help them, it isn't that difficult of a decision to make. Secondly, don’t carry things with you that aren’t beneficial to you.
Que, Erykah Badu, “Bag lady, you gon hurt your back holding all them bags like that!”
You get to decide what you carry with you on your journey. There are some things in your life that you cannot change, undo or take back. That is just life. How you deal with them, how you process them, how you CARRY them, is all up to you.
Like Ms. Badu says, " all you must hold on to, is YOU.."
Written By: Mandy