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A Zen Story: Moving City

Two people visit a Zen Master (thank goodness there's always one around when you need advice).

The person man asks: “I’m thinking of moving to this city. What’s it like?”

The Master asks: “What's it like in your current city?”

The person replies: “Oh it's the worst, I don't like it there and everyone is horrible.”

The Master says: “Ah ok, you'll find this city is very much the same. I don’t think you should move here.”

The first person leaves and the second person comes in.

The second person says: “I’m thinking of moving to this city. I just wanted to know what it's like?”

The Master asks: “What's it like in your current city?

The second person responds: “Oh it's wonderful. Everyone is friendly and I'm really happy. Just interested in a change now.”

The Master says: “This city is very much the same. I think you will like it here.”

The lesson here? What we seek is what we find.

Rosie Iles-Jonas

Yoga Teacher

Postgraduate at SOAS University

Yoga and Somatics for Healing with Charlotte Watts