Keep Working On It

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Sometimes during our mindfulness practice, or when trying to learn any new skill that does not come naturally to us, we may feel frustrated. Our minds wander, as minds often do, and we are quickly traveling in back time to the conversation that we had with our supervisor at the office or what we had for lunch. We may feel as though we will “never be able to do it right” and be tempted to give up our practice. 

In a recent article published by the Huffington Post, author Linda Thomas Brooks chronicles a recent encounter with the Dalai Lama himself. “Keep working on it” is the nugget of wisdom she says she garnered from her conversation with the famous Tibetan teacher. He shared that this is a principle that he must live by, as he too has difficulty with a wandering mind, even after his many years of dedicated mindfulness practice.

The phrase “Keep working on it” applies not only to our mindfulness practice, but our journey throughout life as a whole.  Linda Thomas Brooks writes “If you want to be happier, however you construe the specifics of that, you can take actions to be happier. When you take those actions, you learn and improve and move forward. The act of cultivating happiness, in and of itself, leads you to more happiness.”  It is important to remember that this idea of progression does not always pan out as expected or as neatly as we would like. Sometimes there are roadblocks, or potholes or bridges seemingly leading to nowhere. What is important to remember when you encounter one of these set backs is to “keep working on it.”