2020-02-19: Practice Note: Doing, Enjoying
1:24PM Jun 21, 2020
To say a few words about the practice, to use an analogy. If a person is going for a long hike maybe in the the forest in the mountains or something, and there's a clear destination, they want to get to a lake want to get to a place with a view want to get to a campsite want to get someplace, come on, they get out of the wilderness, they want to get someplace. And it's important to get there to create value it's to do so it's something much cherished destination or something. But because the walk is so far, after a while, the person stops thinking so much about the destination. And after a while, person's in good shape. Let's settle in to just kind of the rhythm of walking and being there. And, and after a while, perhaps this person would wouldn't think about the destination anymore. They're on the path or clearly in that direction, but they're just walking and they just enjoy the factor walking. And it's part of the delight is to just enjoy walking, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the event, with no concern for the destination. And then lo and behold, because the pathway goes one way, then eventually they get to their destination. So that same thing can happen in doing Buddhist practice or doing meditation practice, is that can be an idea of a destination that can be modest isn't that destination and kind of great destinations. But there can be a purpose for doing it. And then ideally, we just settle into the meditation like this person would in the hike. We just settle into it and start doing it. Just to enjoy Doing it just to do it. And we're so much involved in the day to day, moment by moment, breath by breath, kind of engagement. And we discover it. This is really nice. We don't have to think about the destination anymore. We don't think about what we're trying to do. We just if you're sincere and practice, you know, in dedicated way, and keep doing it, the regularity of it, then it just you enjoy it, you hopefully just enjoy it for its own sake, even when it's challenging. And just Wow, you're so lucky. I'm so lucky to have a practice mindfulness and it's good to be present and be connected in here. And, and then ideally, you just forget about the destination. Not because you don't want it not because you're not heading that direction. But because like that person, there's no need to think about it. And it's and rather you settle into the moment by moment, enjoyment and moment moment experience of just doing it. And one of the things that's required for that kind of forgetting oneself we're getting the destination is a regularity of practice. Just doing it day in day out just doing it repeatedly. So that after a while, the repetition of it helps a person just discover how to settle into the practice and in a certain kind of way, enjoy it or evaluate for its own sake. And no longer thinking about the destination no longer thinking about you know, how far is there nothing like really like a small kid if you ever had it? Or you'd been in the backseat of the car and say, Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? We're not there yet. Yeah. And to always be measuring and thinking about how far we've gotten then thinking about I'm not far enough ahead or something really is shortchanging ourselves of some of their real joy and delight and I think profundity of the practice that comes from just doing it then settling into this Doing it then just be content and hopefully do it well. And and then you know you're there's just one direction it's going it's going to a maturation and if you want to really know whether you're doing it well then you just check in with yourself to see if you're doing it sincerely. And if you're sincerely doing it the best of your ability, that's all you're needed to do to enjoy your Enjoy your hike. I hope you enjoy your meditation today.