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Just lately a few of my Buddhist mates have been going through a really hard time
One fella is a tradie who’s been doing work for me at the community
He’s a very keen meditator: four in the morning stuff and despite the commitment to practice that he’s had over many years now he still has to struggle with up and down mental states and relationship issues that can challenge him deeply.
The best support I felt I could give as a spiritual friend was ‘never give up …….. just keep going ……… never give up on your commitment to practice meditation and meet layer after layer of yourself.’
And I totally believe that. Our habits (samskaras) as we Buddhists might call them run deep. They took a long time to form and they’re not going away anyway soon. We may actually be dealing with heaps of habits that we cultivated in previous lives depending on what you believe. But in any case most of us would agree that to really take ourselves on at a fundamental level and commit to positive change is one of the hardest, most heroic and most deeply rewarding challenges we can take on.
That is certainly a personal truth for me.
Perhaps coming along on our Tranquility Uncovered Retreat that runs between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day might have appeal for you?
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In any case I hope you can join us for weekly meditation:
Thursday 7 - 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 - 9 am
Dharmalata and Padmadakini