I’ve hit a mini-milestone of two months since I enacted my daily meditation practice. During this time I’ve experimented with different meditation methods from vipassana (Insight), metta (loving-kindness), guided, to chakra meditations. I love each avenue and “reach” for one depending on my needs at that moment, either because of my mood or my surroundings.
But I’ve been reading Jack Kornfield’s A Path with Heart in which he encourages you to “take the one seat”. He admonishes:
“If we do a little of one kind of practice and a little of another, the work we have done in one often doesn’t continue to build as we change to the next. It is as if we were to dig many shallow wells instead of one deep one. In continually moving from one approach to another, we are never forced to face our own boredom, impatience, and fears. We are never brought face to face with ourselves. So we need to choose a way of practice that is deep and ancient and connected with our hearts, and then make a commitment to follow it as long as it takes to transform ourselves.”
But how in the world do I choose one meditation style? This conundrum made me think of (more…)