Our son gave us this avocado tree last Christmas that he had grown from a seed.
Our summers can be very hot. Our soil is mainly clay and the seedling did not survive.
Small plants need constant vigilance to survive in summer. They need daily water and even shade in extreme heat.
When we are new to meditation, our practice is like a very small seedling. It too needs constant vigilance and support.
Just as we protect a new seedling so to do we need to ‘protect’ and support our meditation practise.
One way we can do this is to have a regular time and place for our daily ‘sitting’. When we do this we are helping to retrain our minds by developing a new habit. A habit that is positive and will lead to a happier, more peaceful life.
We need to make a commitment to practice regularly and then stick to that. This is especially true even when we don’t “feel” like it.
Good habits take time to develop. Just as bad habits take time and diligence to change.