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Our True Nature

Posted By Brian On September 9, 2011 @ 10:22 am In Stories; Quotes,The Life of Brian | No Comments

a Zen story about following our true nature

[1] Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning.  One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank.  In the process he was stung.  He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in.  The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.  The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know its nature is to sting?”

“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”


For most of my life I didn’t know my true nature. I didn’t understand why I always felt out of place. I seemed to be missing something that I couldn’t identify. I always felt there was something else I should be doing but I didn’t know what it was. My best was never good enough, at least not for me. My actions never brought the happiness I demanded from life and those around me. My best intentions resulted in anger, resentment, frustration and self-pity.

My recovery from addiction has awakened my spirit and placed me on a path of spiritual growth. My true nature  reveals itself as I grow.  Fear and my ego no longer drive me to act towards the unattainable goal of  arriving at a destination which is always just around the corner . Like the monk in the story following my true nature can be painful but it no longer leads to the suffering I caused in myself and others.  My true nature as a spiritual being now guides my actions along a journey of growth and discovery…and I avoid scorpions.

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