Once, while traveling, Buddha passed a lake. He asked his disciple to get him some water from that lake as he was thirsty.

The disciple noticed some people washing clothes in the water. At that very moment, a bullock cart also crossed through the lake.

The water became muddy and turbid. The disciple thought to himself that he could not take such muddy water to Buddha to drink.

So, he came back to tell Buddha that the water was muddy and wasn’t fit for drinking.

After about an hour, Buddha asked his disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water. This time the disciple noted that the water in the lake was absolutely clear. The mud had settled down and the water was now fit for drinking. He collected some water in a pot and brought it for Buddha to drink.

Buddha looked at the water and asked the disciple whether he understood what he did to make the water clean. He let it be, and the mud settled down on its own and the water got clear… Our mind is also like that.

When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it some time. It will settle down on its own. No effort is required to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.