I was/am really struggling with what it means to practice. How do we get better at a (spiritual) practice that is meant to last a lifetime? I often feel like I am making no progress. I intellectually understand that making progress is totally a silly concept because progress sort of implies an end or goal, of which there is none. Ultimately, I just want reassurance that I am going in the right direction and sometimes I get confused and think if something is this hard maybe I'm doing it wrong. I am thinking this then last night I read this:
"For the beginner, the practice needs great effort...You must stretch out your
arms and legs as wide as they will go. Form is form. You must be true to
your own way until at last you actually come to the point where you see it
necessary to forget all about yourself..." - Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
It goes on with some other good stuff but it would be a little out of context. Anyways, reading this bit came at a perfect time, I was practically asking myself the very question it answered. As they say "when the student is ready, the teacher appears."
More about the new freckle later.