It’s a pretty natural human habit to evaluate a meditation evening in terms of ‘a good one’ or a ‘not so good one’. Some of the criteria I operate with are how many attended, how many regulars came, how I felt on the night and the quality of the questions and discussion afterwards etcetera.
And yet I think this is somewhat misguided and not particularly useful.
What’s important is that some people were there and they met their minds and applied themselves with effort to the cultivation of stillness and kindness.
I believe that every bit of effort we make, every bit of time we invest in creating this quiet oasis to sit, be still and be with our experience is profoundly beneficial. Sometimes it may feel very effortful; even frustrating but this is no less important than those times when we are able to access a quiet and collected state.
If an athlete only went and trained when it felt good, when he or she experienced an endorphin high, he or she would compromise their potential greatly. Consistency and determination are crucial and if we are to enjoy mastery then we need to drop the attachment to ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ interpretations of training or meditation and just get on with it.
Every Thursday night we have the opportunity, the invitation to come and sit quietly and work with our minds in a simple and profound way. I will also encourage you to work at prioritising times in your private life for meditation sits; even if they are only a few minutes each day or each second day.
These are tools which can transform your life beautifully and profoundly. You are warmly invited to start 2014 off with us in a powerful and positive way by joining us this Thursday night 7 – 8.30 pm for the Metta practice.