No expectations

One of the quirks of the West is that we have great expectations about everything. We always think something will happen, and we’re greatly disappointed if it doesn’t. Maybe this is why meditation scares some folks. The thought of sitting still and just being is anathema to our go-go culture. Think of all the things we could accomplish if we stopped expecting, just for a while…

In meditation, don’t expect anything. Just sit back and see what happens. Treat the whole thing as an experiment. Take an active interest in the test itself, but don’t get distracted by your expectations about the results. For that matter, don’t be anxious for any result whatsoever.

– Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “Mindfulness in Plain English

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