Imagine a man who has built a pond in his garden. All that he wants is for the water to be still and peaceful. He sits and watches, a smooth reflection on the surface of the water. A moment later, a single leaf drops into the pond causing ripples. In a moment of panic, he jumps into the water trying to push the ripples down with his hands. Every movement he makes disturbs the surface of the water and no matter how hard he tries, he cannot create stillness.
In this story jumping in to the pond might sound like an over reaction, but this is often our response to difficult thoughts or emotions. We try to do something to fix what is happening. If the man sits a little longer and watches, the ripples settle down on their own. In the same way, thoughts and emotions can and often do pass without us needing to 'jump in' and cause more ripples.
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