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What Are You Carrying This Morning?

What Are You Carrying This Morning?
Photo by kazuend / Unsplash

Today it occured to me that every morning when we wake up, there is some sort of residue from the day before. If something bad happened the day before, you will replay it very early in the morning. If something good happened, the next morning you will question if this was really true.

I can only think of this zen story of the two monks crossing the river. Quoted from the blog Farmer Sean:


A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.

Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his journey.

The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”


So I ask that when you wake up in the morning and you can't shake whatever doubts that you have, that you ask yourself if you are still carrying this woman, or are going to leave her back at the point where you set her down?

The post quoted above is found at https://medium.com/@soninilucas/two-monks-and-a-woman-zen-story-c15294c394c1