When explaining meditation, the Buddha often drew analogies with the skills of artists, carpenters, musicians, archers, and cooks. Finding the right level of effort, he said, is like a musician’s tuning of a lute. Reading the mind’s needs in the moment—to be gladdened, steadied, or inspired—is like a palace cook’s ability to read and please the tastes of a prince.
Collectively, these analogies make an important point: Meditation is a skill, and mastering it should be enjoyable in the same way mastering any other rewarding skill can be. The Buddha said as much to his son, Rahula: “When you see that you’ve acted, spoken, or thought in a skillful way—conducive to happiness while causing no harm to yourself or others—take joy in that fact and keep on training. ~ Thanissaro Bhikkhu
This daily dharma came to me today and as always, was right on time.
Most of the time, we feel like we should be ‘the best’ or dare I say it, ‘perfect,’ from the start of anything we attempt to do.
Those feelings of ‘should be’ keep us from learning, growing, and becoming the true person we are.
Meditation is a skill (as stated above). So how can I expect to be ‘good’ at anything if I do not practice?
It takes Practice.
3 thoughts on “Meditation Should Be Joyful”
Wonderful post, Debra. And spot on!
It’s progress along the path, not perfection, that we should strive for.
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