This week’s readings are exceptional and context is everything. Mine may be different than yours and while we are saying exactly the same thing, the context suggests opposite meanings… perhaps.
AND it can never offer to anyone a recreation of the experience.
Also, experience described is a story about something that is in the past.
Taking time out, from the present, to pay attention to the past, is usually a waste of everyone’s time.
I am interested in the future, not the past. I am interested in ‘creating’ a future of my design and imagination. The first requirement is an ability to start from nothing or better yet create nothing. Starting with something is just change, alterations, additions and subtractions, ultimately more of the same… The more things change the more they stay the same. – George Bernard Shaw
Rule: People always give 100% of what they are able. Any other number is a “JUDGEMENT” after the fact. Stop judging others and yourself.
The first time, or maybe the first one hundred times at anything is always a different outcome, perhaps missing some aspect of the 10,000th time but it is STILL a 100% effort. Assigning some kind of effort score, based on a comparison of current ability to some future perfect ability helps no one. Humans are not pots of water where the difference between water and steam is one degree. [actually it could be just a tenth of a degree… and a degree Celsius and a degree Fahrenheit are different… Again, humans are not water, steam or any other silly way to judge your current ‘attitude’ against some fictitious perfect score assigned by a perfect deity or whoever is taking their place at the moment.
Stopping to catch your breath is NOT quitting. The design of life is “quitting” is not an option; it isn’t even possible except as an opinion. You will wake up tomorrow and the test continues.
There are at least 10 Billion paths to enlightenment, nirvana and heaven. Yours may be someone else’s path to ‘hell’ however.