Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,
Ours is no caravan of despair,
Come, yet again, come…
One thing I love about the idea of re-incarnation is the idea that there is no final failure – no eternity spent in torment — only the need to try again. The same holds true for meditation practice. It is true during a sitting – the skillful response to catching your mind off in some other world is to just come back, yet again, to the breath. And the skillful response to catching yourself lapsed from even sitting down to meditate is the same – just come back, start again. That is – start again, not start over….no sense of loss here I think. No feeling of “I have to lose the same 10 pounds – again!” Just – oh yes – I remember – my intention to meditate…the present moment waits always for you to come back to it.
So if you find yourself lapsed (as I have lately) – no scolding – just come back, and begin again…that’s my plan…wish me luck this time…)