Mirror Mirror…

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom  – Baltasar Gracian

There was a monk who carried a mirror whereever he went.  A priest noticed this one day and thought to himself, “This monk must be so preoccupied with the way he looks that he has to carry that mirror all the time. He should not worry about the way he looks on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”

So the priest went up to the monk and asked “Why do you always carry that mirror?” thinking for sure this would prove his guilt.

The monk pulled the mirror from his bag and pointed it at the priest. He said, “I use it in times of trouble. I look into it and it shows me the source of my problems as well as the solution to my problems.

http://weblog.raganwald.com/2007/10/three-stories-about-tao.html

If I feel stressed or overwhelmed, it can be easier to look outside myself for the solution or for the blame.  Looking within and taking time to reflect on my situation, I discover the wisdom I need, to find a solution and to take responsibility to change the outcome.

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23 thoughts on “Mirror Mirror…

  1. Great story. Both looking inside for the answers or for me, being quiet in nature and that becomes my mirror. Thanks Karen!
    Mary

  2. It is much wiser when viewing this mirror to seek answers than to seek blame. Truth, whether supportive or opposing current belief, offers wisdom and direction for growth and development. Following this path of honesty delivers peace, harmony and great joy. To think, all this can be seen if a mirror that reflects our potential future.
    Wonderful message.

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