Any simple practice, anything we do in life can come from more than one approach. We can count our breath with a sense of struggling to get some outcome, or we can be warm and kind to ourselves. We long for a sense of completeness and fulfillment, and we suffer when we believe that fulfillement will come in some future moment or attainment. Shunryu Suzuki calls this the ‘stepladder’ approach to practice.
Our practice can come from a tremendous sense of affirmation – our completeness is here and now! So we smile at what is here, this breath now. One could define meditation as basking in the warmth of our completeness right now.
Our reading for the day came from Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Shunryu Suzuki.