Once upon a time, a mystic lived up in the mountains in a hut far from civilization. A delegation of religious leaders from down in the valley went to visit him because they wanted his opinion to settle a religious disagreement.
When they arrived unannounced, they found the mystic meditating in his hut and — much to their dismay — he was naked.
The leader of the visiting group exclaimed:
“I demand to know why you are meditating in your hut with no pants on!!”
The mystic calmly replied:
“The world is my hut, and this small room is my pants; perhaps it is you who should explain — Why are you in my pants?”
Adapted from Kornfield, Jack. “After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path.” (Bantam, 2001).