Finding Inspiration for Practice

58 minutes
by Myoshin Kelley

Even with the best of intentions, we can find our motivation for practice wavering. Looking at a few ways to help cut through the complacency.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge: October 2009 at IMS - Forest Refuge. Courtesy

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January 7, 2012

3 responses on "Finding Inspiration for Practice"

  1. I can really relate to this habitual laziness. Not so much first thing in the morning which isnt a problem for me. Later in the day however, after a meal there is a habitual thought…ok now just have a break, take a nap, chill out for a while. This by engaging in it soon becomes a strong habit. I will begin to work with this…how? by noticing it and seeing how it tries to grab my attention.
    As for distractions yes this too. Having received many teachings/empowerments etc. i still look for more, what next to learn, what next to receive…always what next. I noticed this in myself in India and Nepal..” o there is a teacher in town..what is he teaching etc” an addiction to the next teaching. Now is the time to put into practice the wonderful teachings or at least one of these wonderfulteachings. So this search for teachings becomes a distraction…I remember Mingyur Rinpoche telling all the students present at the end of the teachings in Bodh Gaya… now you have everything you need…go practice.

  2. Thank you Myoshin, you are clear, honest and real, I appreciate you making meditation real. I am a beginner and I find thsi so refreshing and food for my practice.

  3. Very powerful message. Like Phil said,my problem is taking a mid day nap on week ends.I have always known that I am being lazy and wasting vital time. Myoshin’s message is a call to make the change. I have made a pledge to myself to over come all forms of laziness. Thanks for this most wonderful and awakening talk.
    Love and Om

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