Ancient Greek fable teaches about mindfulness
Updated: Feb 19, 2019
As a child, this story made a huge impact on me, by nature a day-dreamer. I used to have a thousand dreams and thoughts running through my head. Did I say “I used to”? I still have, and try to accept that I have a tendency towards constructing stories for the future, positive or negative, and forgetting about the present moment. Hence, my daily commitment to be more mindful, both in my work and in my personal life, trying to keep my mind focused on the activity at hand.
Children have an enormous potential for using their imagination and being creative. It is the potential of the human race to change the world. However, if their imagination is not grounded in sound reality by bringing mindfulness into their lives, their future can be challenging and full of disappointment.
In the fable of “The milkmaid and her pail” Aesop teaches children not to count their chickens before they are hatched, but also how important it is to pay attention to the present moment. Click on the image to get to the story, which can be a good read before bedtime.