BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, October 30th, 2008 by Jack Kornfield in A PATH WITH HEART

“Sticking with a spiritual training requires an ocean of patience because our habit of wanting to be somewhere else is so strong. We’ve distracted ourselves from the present for so many moments, for so many years, even lifetimes.

Here is an accomplishment in “The Guinness Book of World Records” that I like to note at meditation retreats when people are feeling frustrated. It indicates that the record for persistence in taking and failing a driving test is held by Mrs. Miriam Hargrave of Wakefield, England. Mrs. Hargrave failed her thirty-ninth driving test in April, 1970, when she crashed, driving through a set of red lights. In August of the following year she finally passed her fortieth test. Unfortunately, she could no longer afford to buy a car because she had spent so much on driving lessons.

If we can bring such persistence to passing a driving test or mastering the art of skateboarding or any one of a hundred other endeavors, surely we can also master the art of connecting with ourselves. As human beings we can dedicate ourselves to almost anything, and this heartfelt perseverance and dedication brings spiritual practice alive.”

Jack Kornfield, in “A Path With Heart”

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