When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.
A drunk is searching the ground under a street lamp. A friend gets there and asks him what he is doing. The drunk slurs, “I’m looking for my key.” The friend helps him search every where. Half an hour later they still have not found the key. The friend asks, “Are you sure you lost it here?” “No,” replies the drunk, “I lost it inside my house.” “Then why are you looking here?” “Because the light is here.”
There was a time as a boy and as men when caps were an important part of life and you had one or two caps for life.
When the boys used to run through fields and came across a wall or obstacle that couldn’t climb easily, they’d throw their caps over the obstacle.
That way they knew they would make sure they’d have to climb it!
I can remember walking to the lake in the 1930’s accompanied by another psychiatrist who had always lived in the city. There were a lot of trees around the lake. I walked through very comfortably, and he disgustedly, again and again, angrily commented on the branches of the trees, striking him unexpectedly, knocking his glasses off. So I had to tell him, “You learn how to walk through underbrush and trees, it’s different than walking on bare land and bare sidewalks. You balance your BODY differently .. . and you automatically respond to a branch out of the corner of your eye without noticing it and you alter your body movements so that the branch will not impede your movements.
A tour has been arranged of Hell and Heaven.
In Hell people are seated at a long table loaded with food but the spoons for eating are longer than their arms. They are starving because they cannot get food into their mouths.
In Heaven people are seated at a long table loaded with food but the spoons for eating are longer than their arms. They are well fed because they are feeding each other.