James Ford, Roshi, recently wrote a "passing thought" about spiritual practice on his blog, Monkey Mind. Among the aspects of a spiritual practice, Roshi called out three for special attention. I appreciated the clarity of these and thought you might, as well.
1) You need some shut up time. If you're making noise all the time it is hard to pay attention, hard to notice the lessons and the lesson.
2) You need some regularity. Doing it once might open your heart and eyes. Has happened. But most of us need to return and return and return.
3) You need someone to check you. The brain is a great liar. We tell ourselves all sorts of stories about what we need and deserve, only some of which are true. Also along the spiritual way we have lots of experiences. Mostly of limited or actually no value on the way. Someone who has walked the way before you, who you have some trust in, and who is willing to say the hard truth now and again, is worth their weight in gold.
I especially value the third point. My shifty mind frequently nudges my life into the weeds, where I wander around interminably. All too often, I can't find the way out. It's hard to admit, but I need the help of others.
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