22 Apr How Much Weight Are You Carrying Around?
Today we did several meters of farmers carry. A simple exercise carrying kettlebells in your hands for a certain distance. Simple..yet grueling. We all have a limit to the amount of weight we carry around with us. The stronger you get the more you can carry…the longer you can carry it.
Sometimes we are carrying around more than is necessary and it can drag us down, hold us back from our true potential and limit us from helping others. Negativity and negative thought patterns can weigh us down and rob us of being in the present moment. Some weight shouldn’t be carried at all.
Watching people struggle with farmers carry I thought of the Zen Parable of “Two Monks”. Please read below and ask yourself how much weight are you carrying around?
Two monks were making a pilgrimage to venerate the relics of a great Saint. During the course of their journey, they came to a river where they met a beautiful young woman — an apparently worldly creature, dressed in expensive finery and with her hair done up in the latest fashion. She was afraid of the current and afraid of ruining her lovely clothing, so asked the brothers if they might carry her across the river.
The younger and more exacting of the brothers was offended at the very idea and turned away with an attitude of disgust. The older brother didn’t hesitate, and quickly picked the woman up on his shoulders, carried her across the river, and set her down on the other side. She thanked him and went on her way, and the brother waded back through the waters.
The monks resumed their walk, the older one in perfect equanimity and enjoying the beautiful countryside, while the younger one grew more and more brooding and distracted, so much so that he could keep his silence no longer and suddenly burst out, “Brother, we are taught to avoid contact with women, and there you were, not just touching a woman, but carrying her on your shoulders!”
The older monk looked at the younger with a loving, pitiful smile and said, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river; you are still carrying her.”