Want to meditate consistently in 2019? Willpower alone is not sufficient. Two additional factors are needed. Also, Happy New Year!January 7, 2019 | 12 Comments | Add to favorites
The meditation begins at 8:32
Audio only version is here.
Dear, excellent meditator, hello. Welcome to a brand new year! It’s a time of great possibility, when we turn our minds to what could be…and when many people seek to commit or recommit to a meditation practice. Wonderful! Yay! You can totally do it.
In this week’s talk, I suggest that there are actually three components needed to make your practice sustainable. It turns out that saying to yourself, sit your butt down and don’t get up until you’ve completed your &*$#@ meditation practice is insufficient. Why? Because this is a spiritual practice, my beloved friends. It’s not religious. It’s not self-help. It’s not some woo-woo way of becoming blissed-out or any other thing we might have thought it could or should be. It is a transformative practice and, as such, unfolds in its own way. Sometimes it is hard to recognize just what is going on. It is especially difficult when the practice feels difficult or boring–both of which are very common. However, neither is a sign of a problem. (The latter, boredom, is actually thought to be a good sign because you have ceased trying to entertain yourself.)
In Buddhist thought, there are three necessary components that sustain your practice. One, you’re already doing. You may not have give much thought to the other two but have a listen to this week’s pre-meditation talk and see what you think. And do let me know! I always love to hear from you.