Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 07/04/2020

Calm in Failure

Funny how I made an aditthana to post every day and then promptly did the exact opposite. I believe I have focused so much on the achieving my goals of physical conditioning that I let other things slide. Well, as far as I’m concerned, goals are set to stretch our abilities and I am certainly feeling stretched. All I can do is stay with the intention and keep striving.

I found the quote above and it immediately struck me. Not solely for its affinity with the Roman Stoic focus on tranquility as the goal of stoic praxis but because it’s true. It’s Dhamma. And, although I knew somewhere that it was so, hearing it from a venerable ajahn gives me confidence that I need to practice being less reactive in all situations. That calm is a noble aim.

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