“Look lovingly on some object. Do not go on to another object. Here in the middle of this object – the blessing.” from a translation of the Vijnana Bhairava in Zen Flesh and Bones.
This teaching is so relevant for me right now. Much has fallen away to make room for a longed-for baby, and now life is full of the simplicity of caring for that baby. I have preserved my daily meditation practice, but still I wonder how will I nourish my spiritual practice while caring for my baby, and maintaining my other relationships and responsibilities? For now, I cannot go on retreat or travel to be with my Teacher. I cannot enroll in any of the amazing teacher trainings currently available near or far. I cannot fill my cup in these ways. Yet, right in front of me – the object of my attention, the baby – draws me into the deepest of practices. “Here in the middle of this object – the blessing.”
And so, with renewed determination, I say to my mind “let go,” I put the i-phone out of reach, and I “do not go to another object.” Yes, right here is the opportunity to travel, to be close to my Teacher, to train at a higher level. It’s all right in front of me. Wish me good luck, and wherever you are, feel free to join me.