Meditation for Thursday 16th November 2023
The great spiritual teacher and father of modern day mindfulness practices, especially walking meditation Thich Nhat Hanh, known to his fellow monks as Thay or teacher wrote a book with the telling title. “The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion”.
Diamonds are often used in cutting and for industrial drilling to cut through the most difficult of materials and so the analogy with our meditation practice as a means for us to cut through the dualistic ways of looking at ourselves and our world in order for us to have a deeper contact with the wondrous reality that is inside us and all around us, is very apt.
Our meditation practice is like a diamond that cuts through our afflictions, ignorance and illusions.
Many of us have plants, inside and outside growing in pots. If those plants are attended to regularly by adequate watering, by placing them in spots where they receive sufficient light; the plants will thrive. If we fail to provide adequate water, the plants will dry out and wither. In the dark they will be starved of crucial light.
Attending faithfully and regularly to our meditation practice will help us to water the seeds of understanding that lie deep in the soul of our mind. As plants die in the dark, when we walk in the dark, we cannot see reality as it is. But when exposed to the light of meditation we are like those with twenty-twenty vision walking under a midday sun.
With meditation we see directly into the world where everything reveals its true nature.
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