Sunday, September 11, 2011

Squash, Blossom!

One afternoon the farmer was trying to rest when he heard noises in his garden.

He went to find out what the ruckus was about.

He saw that all the squash were fighting. They were kicking each other. They were punching each other. They were biting and clawing and doing terrible things.

"Stop it," said the farmer. "Y'all need to meditate on what you've been doing."

So all the squash closed their eyes and stayed quiet for a while.

Then the farmer said, "Now, each one of you, put your hands on top of your head."

The squash did that. When they did, each one found that he had a vine growing out of  the top of his head.

It was then that the squash realized that they were all connected.

Ever since then, there have been squash blossoms.

From the book "365 Zen."