a little of this discipline protects us

rise:  Millions of school days are missed every term as children play truant.


“If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”
Saint Francis de Sales


The mind does not like to meditate; it wants to wander. When someone is not doing very well in meditation, one explanation is simple: his or her mind is elsewhere. The early stages of meditation are like a primary school for the mind. At first we are simply trying to get the mind to stay on the school grounds until the last bell rings. This is all we can do at first. The mind has been playing truant for years; when we try to concentrate, it simply is not present. All we can do is stand at the doorstep and whistle, trying to call it back in.

Even if all we do in thirty minutes of meditation is to call the mind back thirty times, we have made great progress. We don’t have to wait for the day when the mind is completely still to receive immense benefits from meditation. As the Bhagavad Gita says, even a little of this discipline protects us from great dangers.

~ Eknath Easwaran


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  1. amerikagulag

     /  April 17, 2013

    St. Theresa of Avila said, “the mind is an unbridled horse that wanders where er it will.”
    Great article on a topic most don’t appreciate. I’m amused at how many ‘yoga’ shops are popping up. People are beginning to equate yoga with dieting. It’s sad. But it’s nice to see something on the mark regarding this topic.

    Stilling the mind is a difficult first step to meditation, Contemplation is another, and Union is a rare experience. Those who’ve achieved it all have a commonality in their writings. Rumi termed it, the ‘lover’ and the ‘beloved’. My favorite line from Rumi is, “footprints but come to the ocean shore. Therein no trace remains.” Lala Ded is another who achieved kundalini, and Ibn Arabi a third, who said something to the effect of, “I am the way”, just like his hero Jesus.

    And here we are the unbridled horses. Good article. Thanks for posting.

  2. aj

     /  April 17, 2013

    Words of true wisdom, Digger. Many thanks for all you do!

  3. A lovely quote by the good Saint.

    Hope all is well with you, Digger, and Spring is in the air where you are.


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