Meditation is a process, not an inoculation which is why we call it practice, and it is cumulative in nature. Which means it is growing, expanding daily. We do not judge any one meditation session subjectively-- the same is true for life’s tests. That said, this does not mean we do not have preference for better outcomes. Not only is this normal, it is desired.
This understanding assists the recognition that life’s many challenges are not only opportunities but the very mechanism that strengthens the practice and ultimate result.
Tomorrow Will be More Evolved. We have a part to play in making this a true reality. As we continue along the path of our desired freedom, we realize practice is our choice and it is for life; we are not children easily swayed by the next shinny object nor adolescents needing to rebel at every turn. We are adults and we practice Adult Spirituality.
Practice is what permits life’s challenges to be more and more successful.
These episodes, noticing the manner in which we respond can be painful as we grow. Because as we grow in the recognition of our behavior and subsequent response, so too do we grow in our knowing we can do better. Now, we come to see that when we fall short of the highest mark, we have not failed, even though we want better outcomes, but rather tempering the body-mind as it were, like iron forged in fire. As we refine our senses and sense of the subtle we notice the changes that are occurring— this is a powerful feedback loop.
Humans need measurement. We want to know, am I getting somewhere? Is this worth it? Recognition, pratybhijnnā in Sanskrit is prized. As we deepen our understanding of this we contribute to the deepening of our practice and progress altogether.
Daily meditation is the simple, potent journey to the heart that nourishes life.
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