The more you practice the three trainings of ethics, meditation, and wisdom, the more difficult it will become for you to act in a way that is contrary to an ethical, compassionate attitude. Ethics arise naturally out of contemplating the three trainings. — Martine Batchelor, Meditation for Life.
I feel like I’ve written before about practice, practice, and practice. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers he talks a lot about his ten thousand hour rule of practice to become an expert. Imagine spending 10,000 hours practicing ethics, meditation, and ethics?
But most of us don’t have a spare ten thousand hours to “contemplate our navel,” as a friend once used to describe meditation. Needless to say he hadn’t tried meditation and prayer as a discipline.
But wouldn’t it be nice to incorporate a few thoughts of ethics, meditation, and wisdom into our daily routine. Add to that a moment or two of pure compassion for a neighbor and the hours will start mounting up. How hard is it to write a note to a friend once a day?
We all fantasize at times about coming back after our demise to read our obituary or being a fly on the wall at our own funeral. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear, “He/She cared!”