* Is it a living snake, a dead snake or a rope?

Imagine you are on your way to urgently meet your friend who lives close, to go to a movie in his car. You are walking along a narrow passage in a poorly lit area. There is no alternative path close by.

You see some curly thing lying on the path ahead. You feel it may be a snake and stop immediately to take good look. You are not able to figure out exactly what it is. It may be a living snake, a dead snake or a rope. But which of these guesses is true? Time is passing. You are getting late and anxious to go ahead but afraid it may be a living snake.

If it is a dead snake or a rope, you are wasting your time looking at it and losing a cherished opportunity. If you conclude that it is a harmless thing and go forward but it turns out to be a poisonous snake, you could be bitten and may die. If you could confirm that it is a living snake, you could pick up a stick, kill the snake and go ahead without wasting much time. What should you do?

Seeing it’s true nature is all that is required to make the best out of your opportunity while keeping yourself alive. It is only a matter of correct perception. Once you judge it correctly, you won’t remain frozen. You will take the appropriate action and move on towards your goal. Can any one do better than one’s own best under the given circumstances? Should we not be happy that we did our best?


  • I told this story to a 76 year old woman who attended my weekly classes on ‘Counting Breaths’ and related methods as she had chronic anxiety problem. When I met her after a long time and asked how she was practicing, she said this story helped her a lot in countering her anxiety. Whenever she was worried about something, she asked herself “Is it a rope or snake?”
  • Another client who overcame road rage using the techniques also said he liked this story. His report

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