Remembering the greater 'context' within which we do our practices is difficult at times yet it is important and can be extremely helpful. For the impatient mind, dealing with lots of thoughts and lots of pain when we come to sit can actually seems quite pointless. But when we understand that making the effort to apply mindfulness consistently is the practice that brings clarity and calm and ripens the mental faculties to experience insight, we come to recognise that the thoughts and the pain are in fact quite valuable. For whatever phenomena are present when we come to sit, these are the 'dhammas' that are present to become 'mindful of.'
In seeing them clearly 'as they are' the mind eventually experiences peace. This process of patiently enduring with the mind whilst inclining it towards peace is a practice that develops many wonderful qualities… without us even realising it a lot of the time. Some great masters have explained that Devas (heavenly beings) with right view actually aspire to be born in the human realm, precisely so as to be able to develop more mindfulness and wisdom with the variety of phenomena that we experience.
This talk is offered as an encouragement for all of us to keep practicing with 'whatever it is'.
I hope that something herein might be helpful.
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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