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Zen Master Tells A Powerful Story On How Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

Have you also heard the maxim that your thoughts shape your reality? This is something I hear all the time, but it’s easy to forget and difficult to put into practice.

This is why I want to share the most beautiful story about a Zen Master giving advice to someone moving to a new village.

The idea of thoughts shaping your reality can seem complex, but it will be simple once you ready the story below.

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Moving to a new village

This is an old but powerful story.

There was once a person moving to a new village, relocating, and he was wondering if he would like it there. So he went to the Zen Master and asked:

“Do you think I will like it in this village? Are the people nice?”

The Zen Master thought about it and asked back: “How were the people where you come from?”


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The person replied: ““They were nasty and greedy, they were angry and lived for cheating and stealing.”

The master said: “Those are exactly the type of people we have in this village.”

Another newcomer to the village visited the Zen Master and asked the same question, to which the Zen Master asked:

“How were the people in the town where you come from?”

The second newcomer’s response:

“They were sweet and lived in harmony, they cared for one another and for the land, they respected each other and they were seekers of spirit.”

The Zen Master said: “Those are exactly the type of people we have in this village.”

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