Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 12/23/2019

It seems that, the longer I practice, the more sensitive I become to the purity of my sila. That and, if I’m to be brutally honest, the fact that I continue to be incorrigible with regard to certain training rules. I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions despite how much I make use of aditthana in my practice. This year, however, I make the aditthana to maintain my sila without stain for as long as I can.

With that out of the way, I listened to ask Ajahn Achalo talk this morning during meditation that focused on recollecting our tremendous potential as human beings. Yes, things are decaying and falling apart. And, yes, things are being born and growing as well. There are increasing forces of darkness but there is yet much good in the world. As he points out, we need only look to the example of mothers to see just how much unrecognized love and kindness there is in the world. Billions of human mothers feed, protect and care for their babies and we take it for granted. How much mettā is there in the world simply due to mothers’ love?

To see clearly, we must balance our perceptions so that we’re not fixated on any extreme. May you and all beings be well.

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