Priceless comic posted by Yuttadhammo over at Truth is Within. It cracks me up but I get caught up in this flow of thought sometimes. Not so much as competing to get “enlightened” first but rather to try as hard as those around me. I question whether I strive hard enough. Do I put my time in? Do I punch my card when I need to. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t but I suppose that I shouldn’t view it that way.
Should I drive the 6 hours and spend the money I don’t have to attend a retreat because other people are doing it? Are they better Buddhist for it? Maybe. Are they better Buddhists because they did it? No.
Perhaps a better way is to view my practice to my life and my focus. My focus is on my family and my work now so I don’t meditate as much or strive as hard in my formal practice. But my applied practice is freaking blooming (like a god-damned weed)! I feel that I can apply compassion and mindfulness in many aspects of my life that I couldn’t in the past. I’m in no way a bodhisahtva but I am feeling the improvement…the mind with the big “M”.
So maybe my practice is just in flux. For impermanent beings in an impermanent world should our practice be static or should it flow?
It reminds me of a comment made to me by another blogger concerning whether or not I have done enough in my striving. I suppose I did for the moment and will for the future….maybe.