This week’s tip is about finding a practice and sticking to it. It was inspired by a friend of mine asking about all of the different Buddhist traditions and his investigation of several different practices. I have found that it is beneficial to investigate different teachings and paths in order to find what works for me. However, I must settle on a single practice and really investigate it if I am to truly grow. When we move from practice to practice, we never really dive deeply enough to look at ourselves and our experience honestly and clearly. It is important to really develop a practice in order to see its benefits. If we try something briefly without great benefit and just move onto something else, we won’t stick with anything long enough to actually see the transformation.
Perhaps Jack Kornfield put it best in his book A Path with Heart, “If we do little of one kind of practice and a little of another, the work we have done in on often doesn’t continue to build as we change to the next. It is as if we were to dig many shallow wells instead of one deep one. In continually moving from one approach to another, we are never forced to face our own boredom, impatience, and fears. We are never brought face to face with ourselves. So we need to choose a way of practice that is deep and ancient and connected with our hearts, and then make a commitment to follow it as long as it takes to transform ourselves.”
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