Now if the practice is so good
for us, why is it so difficult to maintain a steady practice? It may be that the
notion that practice is 'good for us' is the very impediment—we all know how we
can resist what is good for us at the table, at the gym, and on the Internet.
This mechanical notion of practice, 'if I practice, then I will be (fill in the
blank),' leads to discouragement because it is not true that practice inevitably
leads to happiness or anything that we can imagine.
- Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara,
"Like a Dragon in Water"