The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse



There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse. The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the man on the horse is going somewhere important. Another man, standing alongside the road, shouts, “Where are you going?” and the first man replies, “I don’t know! Ask the horse!” This is also our story. We are riding a horse, we don’t know where we are going, and we can’t stop. The horse is our habit energy pulling us along, and we are powerless. We are always running, and it has become a habit. We struggle all the time, even during our sleep. We are at war within ourselves, and we can easily start a war with others.

– Thich Nhat Hanh


5 responses

  1. Ha! Ask the horse… that’s a good one, and all too true.
    Thanks for sharing that.

    September 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

  2. It all seems important…until you realize it’s not. That’s the illusion. And you don’t even realize the horse is leading until it’s over and you wonder what the hell happened.

    September 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    • Lou

      Pretty cool words there Georgie sensei.

      September 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

  3. so very true –

    September 13, 2017 at 2:03 am

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