Friday, February 17, 2012

Watering Houseplants

While i was away on retreat last week, i relied on my sweetie to water the houseplants. He is a diligent person, so he faithfully carried out the chore. However, he was happy to hand the responsibility back to me the moment i walked in the door Sunday night.

Sometimes our meditation can feel like a chore. It's a routine task we have set for ourselves. Sometimes we go about it cheerfully; we look forward to watering our friends, the plants, or to watering our practice. Sometimes we think, "Oh, no. I don't want to do it." Anticipation has turned from pleasant to unpleasant.

Take a closer look at the unpleasant thoughts and feelings of anticipation.

Because we do know that once we have the watering can in hand and are communicating with our houseplants, or once we have actually sat ourselves down on the meditation cushion, our feelings are rather pleasant. We are growing happiness.

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