One day Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples,
“I am thirsty. Do get me some water from the lake.”
The disciple walked up to the lake. At that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and turbid. The disciple thought,
“How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?”
So he came back and told Buddha,
“The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.”
After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake. The disciple went back, and found that the water was still muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same. After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha. He looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said,
“See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own — and you have clear water.”
Petty Thought : Having peace of mind is not a strenuous job, it is effortless in process. Like in the story, when it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time and it will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put a lot of effort to calm it down. It will just happen and it is indeed effortless.
If your have been into a lot of thinking lately, rest for awhile. it sounds simple but it has multiple effects on your mind. Remember, good decisions comes out from a clear mind. Hope you have one.