This week in class we are considering how to best face difficult situations.
You must learn an inner solitude, wherever or with whomsoever you may be. You must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed in your mind.
To give full attention to whatever we are doing isn't easy when we have a job we dislike, or must work with people who are difficult. Then our attention wanders like a child's - looking at this glass for a moment, then at this table, then out the window. If we could only attend a little more to the work, even when we dislike it, it would become quite interesting. When we can give it our full attention, anything becomes interesting. And anything, when we do not give it our full attention, becomes uninteresting.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to notice when you become distracted (Vrittis) when something is difficult (Duhkha). Take the time in that moment to sit with your difficulty and give it your full attention (Dharana). See if giving this difficult situation your full attention makes it interesting or at least helps you understand it more clearly and directs you to meaningful action (Karma).
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