The Kitten and the Fly – A Zen Parable

Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) leaping out of water, New Zealand

A young student approached the master who was seated in the garden and asked “Master, no matter how hard I try I just can’t achieve mindfulness.”

The master said nothing but pointed to a corner of the garden where a kitten was attempting to capture a fly.

The kitten lunged, gasped and stalked the fly. Yet for all of her efforts , the fly stayed just out of her reach.

Finally the kitten wore herself out and curled up in a ball at the master’s feet.

The fly, promptly landed, of its own accord, right on the tip of the sleeping kitten’s nose.