Monday, October 18, 2010

The Ant & the Grasshopper Meditate

In my house lives one gardener and one non-gardener. This gardener is constantly prettifying the landscape and growing, growing, growing. In the spring she is a busy bee. In the autumn, she is an ant getting ready for winter.

The non-gardener is a grasshopper as far as the garden is concerned--willing to eat flowers, fruits, and vegetables, but preferring to lie on a chaise longue in the sun while the ant toils nearby.

What is our attitude toward meditation? Sometimes we are fair-weather meditators; we meditate when conditions are good. But we let meditation go when fun or pleasant opportunities arise.

Some people meditate as if their lives depended on it. If we want to harvest the fruits of the spiritual life, then NOW is all there is.

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