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Why Do Monks Beat The Wooden Fish?

by | May 18, 2023 | Creative Genius, Inspiration | 0 comments

What does this strange ritual have to do with living true to you?

Life gets so busy, we forget to be the “watcher” as well as the “do-er.” In your busyness, it’s easy to get distracted from what really matters…  living true to you and honouring the unique way your energy system is designed to flow. One way to remedy that is to watch your predominant thoughts, emotions and stories that distract you from being who you truly are and what you’re here to do. When you watch your thoughts and emotions like a movie and stop identifying with them, you can free up a ton of energy and live your creative genius more dynamically.

Here are 3 questions you can ponder to see what might be getting in the way of you being you.

  1. What 3 thoughts dominate your mental space these days?
  2. What 3 emotions dominate your astral/emotional body?
  3. What are the top 3 stories you hear in your head?

Before you jump in to try to problem-solve anything… just WATCH. OBSERVE. NOTICE.

And beat the wooden fish if you have to remind yourself to stay alert to those bossy pants thoughts and emotions before they suck the life out of you or take you down a path that’s not true to you and your Creative Genius!

*The purpose of watching is to keep alert. While chanting scriptures, both Buddhist and Taoist monks beat wooden fish rhythmically. Because fish never close their eyes, the wooden fish remind one to stay alert. To the Chinese, contemplation means watching – focusing on one point and being attentive.” ~ The Complete I’Ching by Alfred Huang

What do you see when you simply watch rather than succumb to the pressure to do, to have, to know or to fix?

Life is too precious to let distractions of the mind keep you from the joy of being fully alive!

Start by becoming the watcher of your life and surrender to the bigger picture, the great Mystery… and see what happens!

 

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