A young student approached the master who was seated in the garden and asked “Master, no matter how hard I try I just can’t achieve mindfulness.“
The master said nothing but pointed to a corner of the garden where a kitten was attempting to capture a fly. …
The kitten lunged, gasped and stalked the fly. Yet for all of her efforts , the fly stayed just out of her reach.
Finally the kitten wore herself out and curled up in a ball at the master’s feet.
The fly, promptly landed, of its own accord, right on the tip of the sleeping kitten’s nose.
The young student, seeing this, understood.