HOW DO YOU HOLD YOUR BOWL?
Maggie H is a Global Explorer and Wellness Advocate from Hong Kong. Among many spiritual endeavors, Maggie practices and leads Qigong meditation to help people around the world find their inner balance. Find out more about this and other Eastern Philosophy & Meditation practices every Monday on the ICBRKR blog.
In a small desert village, a Cow, a Dog and a Pig lived as neighbours. Water was scarce in the desert, so whenever it rained, all three would go out with a bowl each to collect as much rainwater as they could for drinking and washing until the next rain.
The Cow was always happy with the amount of water she collected with her bowl. It was just enough to last her until the next rain, and she never felt any shortage of water. Whenever the water level got low, the rain would arrive just in time. The Cow was grateful and satisfied with what she had.
The Dog didn't feel the amount of water he collected with his bowl was sufficient; he liked to drink more water and wanted to shower each time he came home from playing outside. So, he decided to make his bowl bigger by hammering the tin bowl.
For a period of time, instead of playing outside with friends, the Dog diligently hammered the bowl under the scorching sun. While hammering and sweating, he heard his friends laughing and playing outside. He was tempted to stop for a minute and join them. It seemed like the rain wouldn't come down anytime soon. But he decided to put all his effort and attention on making a bigger bowl for the next rain. He knew that when the bigger bowl would be ready, he'd be able to collect more rainwater so he could enjoy drinking as much as he wanted and take frequent showers.
As he was finishing the bowl, he felt the drops of rain from the sky. Perfect timing!
The Pig never enjoyed the activity of collecting rainwater because no matter how long he stood under the rain, he wasn't able to collect water the way the Cow and the Dog did. He checked his bowl and it looked no different than the others, so it had to be the rain that wasn't falling evenly. The Pig looked up at the sky as it was getting darker with thick rain clouds. The ones over the Cow and the Dog looked particularly bigger and darker; they were definitely holding more rain. That's so unfair.
Soon, the rain started to fall down hard. The Cow, the Dog and the Pig all came out with their bowls and stood to collect the rainwater. The Cow held her bowl as happily as she always did, the Dog held his new, bigger bowl to collect more rainwater, and the Pig held his bowl as he always did, upside-down.
It rained and rained a lot that day, and each of them collected as much as they could hold with their own bowls.
Looking at the methods above, how do you approach collecting the abundance the universe has to offer? How do you hold your bowl?
Maggie H is a Life Cartographer, Eastern philosopher, Qigong master, Buddhist and Taoist meditator, Feng Shui practitioner, and researcher of Buddhist scriptures. She lives in Hong Kong, and regularly travels to both India and South Korea to further her spiritual growth and development. Her lifelong motto is: "benefit to all humankind."