OK. OK. Maybe that’s a little harsh but really, sometimes we just need to stop the whining and light a fire under our butts.
Daily practice. My teacher is always reminding his students of how important this is. Along with cultivating bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment and the aspiration to help all beings, he tells us it is the foundation of the Buddhist path. Without both of these things, we are just pretending.
It makes sense, though. Meditation is a skill that is not easily mastered. Any progress that we hope to make with it takes consistent practice over a long period of time. But this is not always an easy thing for us to accept, we who live in a culture that is constantly demanding instant and obvious results.
“Learn to meditate like a monk in ten minutes!” claims one Facebook ad.
And besides, who really has the extra time to set aside for just sitting on our butts? We have full time jobs (or two!), families, medical emergencies, bills, kids in college and blogs to write. How can we possibly find even five minutes of quiet in the never-ending rush of American life?
We all know the answer to this. The truth is, the time is available to us if we want it to be. Five minutes a day. Even less if that sounds like too much.