You thought you were meditating to get more focused, or calm, or whatever, and suddenly some anger, frustration, sadness or self-hatred wells up while you are sitting, and you think "what's gone wrong with my meditation?"Read More
I talked about magical thinking in an earlier post; perhaps I should have said wishful thinking instead. Thinking that things will just take care of themselves, that I don’t have to do any work, or any thinking, this is wishful thinking. Imagining that a result will come with no effort. Thinking that your teachers are infallible is actually an example of this kind of thinking. To succeed in the practice, we have to take responsibility for our own success, and not put it on someone or something else.Read More
When we see the world as we wish it were, and not as it is, we weaken our ability to actually make that wish a reality, and make ourselves suffer in the bargain. It is possible to reach a state of mind where we can accept what is and work from there; in doing so, we become much more effective and also much happier.Read More
We tend to get confused between philosophy and practice, as if they are both the same thing, as if, if we knew enough philosophy, that would in itself lead to happiness. But philosophy is a companion to practice, not practice itself.Read More
I've mentioned the stages of meditation a number of times, and I just wanted to give a quick overview of the early stages for reference.
Realizing you are stuck is really a variant on knowing where you are, and knowing where you hope to go. If you know where you are, and you haven't gotten any closer to where you want to go, that's a sign that you are stuck.Read More