When we first sit down to
meditate—and later when we return to the cushion—we can immediately recognize
that we are not starting with a clean slate. Whatever the previous day, week,
month, year, decade have brought—it is immediately clear that our minds are
already in motion, already have movement and momentum in a particular direction
before we sit down. Our experience when we sit down to meditate—whether we’ve
been sitting for 30 minutes or 30 years—will often reflect our previous physical
and mental 'training.'