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The Jackal and the Mange Analogy

Mental Health Moment

There was a jackal under distress.

It sat under a tree, then moved to a cave, rushed out of the cave to a bush and then ran out into the long grass, eventually returning to the tree.

The jackal blamed the tree, the cave, the bush, the long grass, and the tree again for its distress.

All the while, the jackal was under distress because it had mange.

[Rajapaksi, Kinglsey, The Way to inner Peace, 1997]

How often do we blame people, places and things, when our distress may reside from within ourselves?