The Want Monsters

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And How They Stopped Ruling My World by Chelo Manchego.


One of the basic teachings of Buddhism that we learn from an early age is that greed is one of the three poisons.  Told from the point of view of a child struggling with his inner Want Monster, Manchego’s story presents this teaching with a degree of discernment seldom conveyed to children: 1) that wanting is not necessarily “bad,” 2) that we all experience wanting things, and 3) we cannot rid ourselves of our Want Monster, but by cultivating awareness we can make peace with it and not allow it to control us.  In the beginning, the Want Monster is depicted as gigantic, but by the end as the relationship transforms, the Want Monster shrinks to a manageable size.  The story concludes with an invitation to draw what your own Want Monster looks like.

Recommended for ages 4-6.