Monday, 29 August 2011

NEW MOON - Monday 29th August 2011

Like a fish which on being dragged
from its home in the water
and tossed on dry land
will thrash about,
so will the heart tremble
when withdrawing from the current of Mara.

Dhammapada verse 34

Probably we can all relate to this image. It's about how it feels when we attempt to let go of our habits. The current of Mara is the force of distraction and no matter how hard we try in practice, our addiction to distraction seems to return - sometimes subtle, sometimes coarse. The more intense our resolve to let go, the more convincing the obstructions can appear. This is not necessarily something going wrong, it is natural. We are all in this together and it can help to remember we need each other's support on this challenging journey.

With Metta,

Bhikkhu Munindo

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