How to Quiet Mind Chatter

by Houkje

I have two rabbits living inside of my mind. One is a friendly, plump, white, good natured rabbit. He’s the kind that suburban families sometimes keep in the backyard. He’s been caged most of his life and has had to live by the rules of the family he was living with. He’s been trained to do the right thing, always.

I also have a jackrabbit. He’s got a very alluring coat, brown and silver, and wonderfully huge ears. He’s not too friendly. He’s actually kind of mean. He’s hot tempered, has a flair for the dramatic, and is always quick to think the worst about things.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”

-Rumi

The two rabbits were standing on the edge of the field of my mind last week.

They were arguing.

The jackrabbit was feeling territorial and yelling because the house rabbit had decided to leave the comfort of his neighborhood and roam free. He ended up at the edge of the field.

 The jack rabbit saw this field as his and did not want to share it with the house rabbit.

 So they stood at the edge of the field and argued.

“This is my field! You don’t belong here. Get out!” yelled the jackrabbit.

“I think the right thing to do here would be to at least let me sniff it out, don’t you think?” said the house rabbit, reluctant to wander back from where he had come from, as he was enjoying his newfound freedom. He just wanted to walk across the field to see what it was like.

What the house rabbit did not know, however, was that the jackrabbit had not ever actually been in the field. It was not his. He was afraid of the field. He had lived his entire life by the edge of it.

They argued all day. Both rabbits were reaching the point of exhaustion.

It was now dusk. A deer walked through the field and noticed the two rabbits arguing.

She calmly, but firmly told the two rabbits to “Knock it off. You can share the field.”

Maybe because the two rabbits were tired, or maybe because it was now getting dark, the two rabbits started to walk away from each other.

The jackrabbit hopped to the left. The house rabbit hopped to the right. Each found a place to settle in, just inside the field.

Both were silent for the first time in what seemed like a long time.

The house rabbit was excited and sniffed everything he could.

The jackrabbit, realizing he was actually in the field for the first time, was so stunned, that he was silent, too.

They had decided to go beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing and share the field.

The place where their souls could each lie down in the grass and experience the fullness of life.

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