The Centipede–Story

The Centipede

 Once a centipede was asked how he could operate all of his numerous feet in such an orderly manner without getting them confused. The centipede shook his head, shrugged, and said that he had never given it a thought. From that time on, the centipede became unable to move, the legs all got in the way of one another. Only when there was a loud noise that frightened him could he move as before. The rest of the time he stumbled.

Additional Stories

This is a link to a Collection of Zen Stories     (

Here are a couple of points to chew on:

When does thought get in the way?

What is the appropriate use?

What other methods of cognition are available and how can they be developed?


2 Responses to The Centipede–Story

  1. doodle55 says:

    hey i heard this one before. on tv . its true is it. have u asked the centipede?

  2. zombiekid says:

    this one’s really popular…but it also has a reflection! what comes naturally to a being does not require thinking…its in it nature, isn’t it??

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