A guru and his disciple were strolling on the beach by the ocean. The wind was blowing strongly over the ocean, raising very high waves. The guru stopped, looked at his disciple and asked: "What does the choppy ocean remind you?"
"It reminds me of my mind. Of my rushing and restless thoughts," answered the disciple.
"Yes, the stormy ocean is like the mind, and the waves are the thoughts. The mind is neutral like the water. The wind is causing the waves, as desires and fears produce thoughts," said the guru.
"I wouldn`t want to be on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, in a storm like this," said the disciple.
"You are there all the time," responded the guru and continued, "Most people are on a rudderless boat in the middle of a choppy ocean, even if they do not realize it. The mind of most people is very restless. Thoughts of all kinds come and go incessantly, agitating the mind like the ocean`s waves."
"Yes," the disciple interrupted him, " I want to calm down the waves of my mind”.
The guru smiled and said: "You don`t calm the ocean by holding the water and not letting it move. What is necessary is to stop the wind. The wind is made of your thoughts, desires and fears. Don`t let them rule your life. Learn to control them by controlling your attention, and then the ocean of your mind becomes calm."
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