Psycho-Cybernetics Part 16 of 30: The Man Carrying Rocks & Weeds

May 29, 2009 by  

136605324rflzcm_phThere was once a man who was traveling by himself along a lonely stretch of highway carrying a bag over his shoulder filled with bricks, a boulder over the other shoulder, and weeds wrapping around his legs.  He was so weighted down that he could only advance with abbreviated, hobbling steps.  One day a stranger by the side of the road asked him, “Sir, why are you carrying that heavy boulder on your shoulder?”  The man stopped and thought, “Hmm, that’s a great question.  This rock has gotten so heavy, but I have forgotten why I am still carrying it.”  With that, he let go of the boulder and was able to walk a bit straighter.  He then came across another bystander a little farther down that asked him, “Sir, why do you carry that heavy bag filled with bricks?”  The man again stopped and could not remember why he was carrying the bricks so he in turn let the bricks down on the side of the road and felt his pace quicken and his heart lighten.  A small child then said to him farther down the road, “Why sir are you walking with weeds choking your feet?”  Again, the man had no ready answer and unraveled the weeds from his feet only to walk now with a light step and a quickened energy.

The problem with the man was not his carrying the burdens but his lack of awareness of his burdens that he was carrying.  What burdens are you carrying today?  Do you need to carry those burdens?  As an exercise, write the name of each burden that you are unnecessarily carrying on a rock or a heavy object and put it in a knapsack and put it into the back of your car.  When you get to work, tell yourself consciously, “I shall leave these rocks here and not take them to work with me today.”  When you drive home and are about to get out of your car say to yourself, “I will enter my home at peace without these large bricks of burden.”  Obviously, you can use any physical substitute for a brick like a plate or something else.  Making it concrete will help you realize just how much you have been carrying without your even knowing it.

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2 Responses to “Psycho-Cybernetics Part 16 of 30: The Man Carrying Rocks & Weeds”

  1. Heather :) on May 29th, 2009 5:16 pm

    Oh goody, I love stories! :)
    This story has a very good point…very similar to the Dangerous Journey story but with a different point. I think it is good to be aware of our burdens but I also think that instead of just not allowing ourselves to carry them that we need to figure out how to get rid of them. Maybe being aware and telling ourselves not to carry them is how to get rid of them. I don’t know. Just a thought… Great blog, Dr. Lam!!!

  2. dr. lam on May 30th, 2009 6:56 am

    self-awareness is definitely the first step. that is really what all these blogs are about. thanks for the comment heather.

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