What do to do if you’re experiencing any trouble with learning?

A young monk approached the abbot. “Master, please help me. My meditation is terrible. I can’t sit still, I can’t concentrate, thoughts of other things distract me all the time. I feel a complete failure.”

“Be calm. It will pass.”

A month later the young monk once more approached the abbot. “Master, thank you for your wisdom. Now my meditation is wonderful. I can sit for hours. Nothing distracts me. I feel as if I am as one with the Buddha.”

“Be calm. It will pass.”

(Story by Nick Owen)


  • Owen, N. (2004). More Magic of Metaphor Stories for leaders, influences and Motivators and Spiral Dynamics Wizards. Crown House Publishing Limited.