Once upon a time there lived an unhappy man.
His mind was always racing and filled with negative thoughts. This made him short tempered and snappy. As a result he didn’t have any friends and he felt very lonely.
His one redeeming feature was that he genuinely cared about other people. But he was so wrapped up in his own unhappiness that nobody knew.
One cold, wet and windy night there was a knock at his door.
Opening it he saw a travelling monk and the monk asked if he might seek shelter for the night.
After getting a towel and some dry clothes for his guest the two of them sat down and drank a cup of tea.
The monk didn’t say much so the man talked on and on about his aches and pains, how he felt angry all the time and how lonely he was. The room was filled with the whirlwind of thoughts from the mans unsettled mind.
The hour grew late and the monk thanked the man for his hospitality and said he needed to go to sleep as he had an early start in the morning.
The next day the man awoke to find the monk gone. The only proof that he had ever been there at all was a note on the floor next to the door.
The man read the note:
“Thank you for your kind generosity. I sense within you the deep love you have for people, but it is blocked by all your aches, pains and the emotional turmoil you feel. But most of all it is blocked by the whirlwind inside your mind. Here is a map to a magical mountain pool that will help you wash all of these blockages away. I wish you peace.”
The man set out on the journey to the mountain pool.
It took many days of hardship and struggle, but the man was determined to experience the monks inner peace.
Finally the man reached the mountain pool and found the monk sat meditating beside it. As the man approached the monk opened his eyes, smiled and motioned for the man to come and sit beside him.
“Look into the pool” the monk instructed “and tell me what you see.”
The man looked into the pool and replied “Nothing, I see nothing.”
“Look deeper” commanded the monk.
As the man looked deeper he realised there was a statue at the bottom of the pool. As he looked deeper still he realised the statue was a perfect replica of himself. Perfect in every way.
“Tell me what do you see?” Asked the monk again.
“I see me, I see me but I’m perfectly happy, I’m at peace. I’m healthy, I’m calm, I can think clearly and my heart is filled to bursting with joy. What is this?” the man begged the monk.
Ignoring the man the monk waved his arms and it began to rain heavily.
The bulky rain drops crashed onto the surface of the pool creating millions of interlocking ripples.
“Tell me what you can see now?” The monk asked.
“I can’t see anything.” The man sobbed. “All I can see is a distorted, twisted image of my own reflection jerking on the surface of the pool.”
To which the monk replied, shouting in order to be heard over the rain:
” The rain is like the thoughts in your mind. They are many and they make waves and ripples on the surface of the pool. Because your mind is filled with thoughts it blocks out access to the perfect you that you glimpsed. All these thoughts unsettle your emotions and the root cause of the aches and pains you feel is emotional. If you want to be happy you must calm your mind. When your mind is calm you can see more clearly and find elegant solutions to your problems. When your mind is calm it allows your spirit to be nurtured and your emotional problems are easy to manage. But you must calm the mind regularly for your perfect you to be revealed in all its glory.”
With a small gesture of his hand the monk stopped the rain and shared 10 techniques the man could use regularly to calm his mind.
And that’s as much of the story as I know. But I did hear that the man went on to live very happily ever after.
The truth is this is only part of the story.
If you want to be happy you must:
- Calm your mind
- Open your heart
- Enhance energy flow
And that’s exactly what I teach you in my book Smiling From The Heart (SFTH). If you’ve already got a copy you’ll find the 10 techniques the monk taught the man starting on page 33. If not, you can get a copy here:
Please note this is the kindle version and costs around 10 bucks.
In the very near future (once I’ve finished the 3rd book I’m currently working on) SFTH will only be available via downloadable Pdf and that will cost $37 like my Shaolin Chi Kung book.
So, if you’re not one of the 300+ people who already has a hardcopy or kindle version yet, I recommend you get a copy today and save yourself $27.
Enjoy your practice.