In any case, I sat there thinking about what I was doing (leading practice), and started wondering: what are we actually doing when we practice meditation?
A pianist practices by playing exercises and compositions, with the goal of . . . playing compositions.
A tennis player practices by hitting forehands and backhands and playing games, with the goal of . . . playing tennis.
But what about meditators? What's the goal of our practice?
I'm not trying to be clever here. Seriously, what are we practicing?