When we practice, we become drawn to certain styles of practice, certain modes of practice, certain clothing for practice, certain surroundings we prefer, certain teachers, certain cushions or yoga mats, certain incense. We are loyal to brands such as Vinyasa, Bikram, Zen, a certain method, certain guru, certain denomination. That’s what speaks to us, and that’s OK. That gets us in the door, so to speak.
But to get so wrapped up in these trappings of our spiritual life is not helpful to us if we are not moving in a more loving, less ego-driven direction. If we cannot be kinder. Being less self-absorbed and less ego-clinging: that’s what it all boils down to. Some people are maybe disappointed by that, but to anyone who takes it seriously, it is not easy nor is it fast. Try to keep this front and center, and avoid being distracted by illusion, by popularity, branding, or your own shifting moods.
See how this lojong stuff is so deceptively simple on the surface, but it takes a lifetime of practice to achieve?