"You know, the kids think this (my Buddhist practice) is just another fad." Made in passing, this comment from Prad, hit a sensitive chord. After all, I have been known to indulge one passion after another. Giving to each, all I had, then ending after a few years, always with a good reason. While that ability to easily let go, can help with renunciation, it also raises the question of, how can I sustain the effort required to stay on the path? Here are some of the ways that I have in place right now:
Remembering what got me to practice in the first place: that this life is suffering, and there is no way out but in - the Four Noble Truths.
Being mindful of doubt when it arises, as in questioning worthiness of practice, or becoming lazy about practice.
Honoring my vows: of mindfulness, and practice, that I am making repeatedly on this blog, on Twitter, with my teacher, and with myself.
Studying the teachings: listening to teachers' talks, reading Dharma books, attending Dharma neighborhood group.
Seeking support from IMC sangha, and online spiritual friends: sharing openly the state of my practice, including the lows, and the doubts.
Drawing inspiration from the Buddha, his life, his struggles, his liberation: carrying him with me, wherever I go.
I am curious, what are some of the ways that help you sustain your practice?