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Monks who knew how to walk on water

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Today in Cannactiva ‘s blog we bring you a story to tell by a campfire, these cold days, with the hope that it will make you have a good time. We hope you like it!

Monks who knew how to walk on water

Once upon a time there was a young man who had decided to enter a monastery in search of peace and knowledge. He thought that, by spending some time in silence and meditation, his worries and problems would fade away.

On his first day, the boy sat by the lake with all his hopes and dreams. As he meditated and watched the calm water rippling before him, he witnessed something extraordinary in the distance: two monks were walking on it!

The young man could not believe what he was seeing; it must be an illusion. The two monks advanced over the water in an impressive display of mental power.

Since then, every morning, as soon as the dawn broke through the darkness of the night, the boy went out to watch the monks cross the lake, walking silently and gracefully over its waters to fill their pitchers at the fountain on the other shore.

I wanted to ask them how they did it, but I knew better than to interrupt their meditation or disturb them during their spiritual journey. So, every morning, when they passed him on their way back from collecting water for the monastery, he simply bowed in deep admiration.

The young apprentice was eagerly awaiting his moment to test himself: perhaps one day soon he too would be able to walk on water.

And so it was that, one morning, the boy decided to take his first steps on the water. However, he failed in that first attempt, and in all those that followed.

Every morning, the apprentice pursued his goal with renewed determination, but always ended up with his clothes soiled. It was a spectacle to which all his colleagues had become accustomed in recent weeks.

The monks watched the young man as he tried to catch up with them, day after day. Although they never said a word, their eyes were full of compassion and understanding.

One day, the younger monk turned to his older companion and asked, “Shall we explain to him where the stones are in the lake?” The older monk smiled, but shook his head.


Although human beings possess intuition, instinct and a capacity for intelligence that transcends logical reasoning, on many occasions anxiety and the desire to achieve objectives at all costs, without considering the natural learning process, prevent us from perceiving the logical path.

The story encourages us to walk without judgment, from relaxation and well-being.

At the end of the story, the monk’s refusal to explain the truth to the apprentice is perhaps to reflect on correcting (or advising) others on their path. Perhaps he wants to tell us that mistakes are a necessary part of learning.

Of course, there are more interpretations: that you should go your own way; that looking too much at others wastes your time; that what seems incredible may actually be something very simple; or maybe the story is just a reminder of the power of the mind to deceive us, reality being different from our perception.

I don’t know the real origin of the story, I think someone explained it to me many years ago and I like to share it myself from time to time. I hope it brought a smile to your face!

Stories to tell by the campfire

It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s time to seek the warmth of the fire and share stories by the light of a bonfire, or a candle, with your loved ones.

Telling and listening to stories has accompanied mankind since its origins. These stories not only convey experiences and memories, but also have the power to inspire, entertain, provoke dreams and leave a mark. And behind each story, there can be many interpretations, learnings or morals.

At other times, the stories have transformed ordinary elements into extraordinary stories. We told about it in this year ‘s winter greeting, when we unveiled the secret of the Phoenix, but we also have another example in the Three Wise Men, which are, in all probability, a reference to the three bright stars of the constellation Orion’s Belt.

Starry sky showing the three stars of the constellation Orion's Belt, known as the Three Wise Men.
Starry sky showing the three stars of the constellation Orion’s Belt, known as the Three Wise Men.

The magic of storytelling is still as captivating today as it was in the early days, when people would sit around a campfire to warm themselves, exchanging short anecdotes as if by chance, sheltered by the strength and warmth of the fire.

We wish you many enjoyable and inspiring stories. Best regards and see you next time, Cannactivist!

Isidre Carballido
Founder & CEO at Cannactiva | Cannabis Expert

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