Control your attention

1858042_highA disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest.  The disciple was disturbed by the fact that his mind was in constant unrest.  He asked the teacher, “Why are most people’s minds restless and only a few possess a calm mind ?  What can one do to quieten the mind ?”
The teacher looked at the disciple, smiled and said, “I will tell you a story.  An elephant was standing and picking leaves from a tree.  A small fly came, flying and buzzing near his ear.  The elephant waved it away with his long ears.  Then the fly came again, and the elephant waved it away once more.  This was repeated several times.  Then the elephant asked the fly, “Why are you so restless and noisy ?  Why can’t you stay for a while in one place ?”  The fly answered, “I am attracted to whatever I see, hear or smell.  My five senses pull me constantly in all directions and I cannot resist them.  What is your secret /  How can you stay so calm and still ?”  The elephant stopped eating and sais, “My five senses do not rule my attention.  Whatever I do, I get immersed in it.  Now that I am eating, I am completely immersed in eating.  In this way I can enjoy my food and chew it better.  I rule and control my attention, and not the other way around.”
The teacher said, “The mind is restless and goes wherever the attention is.  CONTROL YOUR ATTENTION, and YOU CONTROL YOUR MIND.”

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