Waking up as metaphor

Leaf, Autumn 2002 by Edward Dimsdale

Reflecting on this leaf from the bodhi tree–a symbol for bodhi, literally “awakening”, and Buddha, also a symbol–the awakened one…The image of waking up is one that definitely resonates for me. I like the gerund form, because it suggests an ongoing process.

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What’s the deal with not wanting to meditate?

It’s surprising to see how often people who are writing about meditation practice have trouble with the discipline of said meditation practice. Before I sound like a total hypocrite, I will openly admit that I only read about Buddhism and meditation for many years before I got a grounded practice, but it’s utterly fascinating to me how universal an issue this seems to be. In the beginning, it makes sense – there’s a lot that seems “unpleasant” about meditating. But later on, after more practice, we know the benefits more clearly and yet, we still don’t want to put in the work. What’s the deal with that?

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