I was watching a movie today in which the subject of prayer was brought up. And it made me wonder.
When I meditate on compassion, for example, I sometimes walk away from my meditation expecting to all of a sudden be filled with the most wonderful feeling of compassion for all around me.
Of course, it never works that way. And sometimes, I feel like I have disappointed not only my self, but the whole of the universe as well.
After the discussion about prayer in the movie I watched today, I think I can apply what was said of prayer in that movie to my practice of meditation.
Maybe it is that when I meditate on compassion, and set an intention to be more compassionate, maybe it’s not that it will just happen like a bolt of lightning.
Maybe, instead, it is more like, after I walk away from my meditation, the universe will throw situations at me, or people at me, in which I can put into practice that which I have meditated on. Maybe that person who irritates me has been put in my path so that I can put into practice compassion.
Maybe that old lady whose car is in front of mine, and who is driving extremely slowly, has been put in front of my car so that I can put into practice compassion.
Kind of puts things in a new light for me. And makes me wonder.