The experience of resting in the heart in meditation is not something that can be grasped or forced. It comes naturally, as we grow more and more in tune with the rhythms of our own inner silences.
Let yourself be softer and more receptive now, because an inexpressible joy is waiting for you just around the corner. Nobody else can point it out to you, and when you find it you won’t be able to find the words to express it to others. But it’s there, deep within your heart, ripe and ready to be discovered.
We may feel there are too many things to do at once, but get bogged down in trying to do a bit here, a bit there, instead of taking one task at a time and getting on with it. Or perhaps we think our task is boring because we have forgotten that its not what you do but how you do it that matters. Developing the knack of being total in responding to whatever comes, is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. taking one step through life at a time, giving each step your complete attention and energy, can bring a wondrous new vitality and creativity to all that you do.
When you are not total, whenever you are in the head- thinking, brooding, calculating, cunning, clever-you are not total. Slowly slip out of those moments It’s just and old habit. Habits die hard. But they die certainly- if one persists, they die.
You have an opportunity to participate with others now to make your contribution to creating something greater and more beautiful than each of you could manage alone. Your participation will not only nourish you, but will also contribute something precious to the whole.
Philosophy is speculation, Zen is participation. Participate in the night leaving, participate in the evening coming, participate in the stars, and participate in the clouds. Make participation your lifestyle and the whole existence becomes such a joy, such an ecstasy. You could not have dreamed of a better universe.