Once we find a spiritual practice that resonates with us, we must commit time, daily, in order to really benefit and grow. One of the things that is necessary for a daily practice is faith, which is simply trusting that the practice will work. But faith and trust are difficult to come by for modern folks. We have incredible and unprecedented access to information and knowledge, which gives us the ability to study all about a spiritual practice, as never before. That is a good thing, but with knowledge often comes cynicism. It is hard for us to open and to really trust in anything when we learn about all the ways that governments, corporations, politicians, religious institutions, priests, pastors, gurus and spiritual teachers have all grossly abused their power and position. We are not naive, and so trust can be hard to come by, and understandably so. For me, however, having open-hearted faith in my practice has been absolutely essential in motivating me toward dedicating the time to daily meditation. And with time it gets easier for me to trust the practice, as I experience the benefits of my daily sittings. It just takes patience and time.
Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability. View all posts by Jonathan Erdman