If the soil is infertile, dry or impenetrably hard, Gil says, nothing useful can grow. If on the other hand the soil is soft and moist with humus, wondrous life of all kinds can flourish. Becoming aware of attitudes that sully the radiance of the mind is the first step in “adorning the mind” as the Buddha said, such that it radiates like pure gold.
We have spoken a lot in these newsletters about some of the unhelpful attitudes we may bring to our meditation cushions, such as expectation, ambition, striving, needing to be in control and being inpatient when unpleasant experiences arise.
Any time we leave our cushion believing our meditation is not going well, is the time to consider how I was relating to my wandering mind, or my aching muscles, or my boredom?