A Wonderful Teaching Tale About Meditation
I recently heard a powerful teaching tale about meditation. In this tale, the we learn how Isabella learns to develop a relaxed nature.
Throughout history the allegory, the novel and the teaching tale have been used very effectively to teach truths and to make these truths clearly recognizable.
This myth is about a woman and her dog. Isabella, we learn, was a very creative woman. She wasn’t one to waste her time or her talents so she took it upon herself to weave a wonderful new world into existence.
She and her canine companion lived a very simple life. For sustenance, she cooked the same kind of stew each day on a fire outside of her cave. Things went along very nicely until she left her weaving to stir the stew pot. At that point, every day without fail, the dog would unravel a large part of what Isabella had woven. She would then return to the cave and feel very disheartened.
After a few minutes, she would remember to meditate on the situation and after her meditation practice she would begin to weave again. Every time this happened and every time she rewove a segment, it became a much more beautiful piece of work. Isabella would end her day feeling very contented.
What a wonderful story for our time! Life these days is not easy- far from it.
Sometimes, when things seem to be going well, there may suddenly be setbacks and disappointments. Progress, happiness and contentment might seem to be very elusive.
We can learn a lot from this lovely little tale. We, too, must learn to stop when we are discouraged and regroup. Moreover, we need to make sure that we are practicing techniques every day that will bring us to a place of peace and quiet. Then, when we are feeling centered and resourceful again, we go on to make our lives richer. Like Isabella, we will then be able to develop a much more relaxed nature and find contentment with the beauty that we can weave after we center ourselves with meditation.