Posted by: Upāsaka | 02/16/2018

Perseverance

Yesterday was an uposatha day and I was fortunate enough to have enjoyed favorable conditions so that I was able to observe it moderately well. The one thing I am quite happy about was my commitment to stick with the precepts.

You see, often enough, I end up breaking the precept not to eat after noon, especially on days when I have been running around all day. But, yesterday, in spite of the circumstances I kept to my determination. You see, my partner and I ordered lunch which was to be delivered just before noon.(which is when I have to stop eating). For whatever reason, the delivery guy gave the food to someone else in the building and it wasn’t until 12:30 that it was figured out.

Rather than allow resentment and negativity to swap me or to give in to my hunger I just decided to give my lunch away and carry on with my day. Truly, what is a belly full of rotting food worth in comparison to strengthening one’s aditthana and nekkhamma parami?

Despite things being so apparently bad in my relationship and the world at large, I really am finding refuge and solace in practice and good intentions. May we all practice for our long term happiness and peace.


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