It is helpful to appreciate that speed is limited in accomplishing our goals and what is more important is our intention and our ability to stay focused on our decision.
With a trained mind, adverse conditions help us to cultivate compassion, patience, wisdom, acceptance. We can strengthen our mind, so it becomes happy and peaceful, regardless of what is arising in our life.
Through training in Meditation, we can train ourselves so that we can ensure happiness continuously arises in our mind by zooming into that which produces it, and zooming out to be able to see everything that arises in our mind in perspective.
As we start to look at our mind in a non-judgmental way, our thoughts begin to calm. Our mind gathers, and peace begins to arise.
This state of mind is possible with a clear determination and an insight into the workings of our mind.
Taking the process one step at a time, and as my dear Grandfather used to say, ‘always follow the instructions’.
With a skilful strategy, we can increase the mental investment as well as enjoying the fruits of it; this requires continual daily practice and a decision to keep training our mind regardless of what is taking place in our life.
When our mind is calm and positive, we regard the world in a lighter manner.
If we happily create the causes, slowly and mindfully, the effects will take care of themselves.
It is helpful to appreciate that the present moment is made up of past moments. It doesn’t exist in isolation.
The umbrella to anger is patience.
The umbrella to confusion in our mind is wisdom.
The breath is our anchor to the present moment, and we can flavour it with whatever theme we wish to gain a deeper experience of.
We could see each week of the training as ascending 1000 metres up a mountain. If this is done gradually and carefully, by the time we reach chapter 7, the equivalent of 7000m, we can breathe are primed and ready to enjoy the experience, exhilaration, and view.