The Imperfect Path to Enlightenment
Just like me, you get up at 3:30am, meditate for 30 minutes, practice your tai chi and yoga for another 90 minutes, and eat your vegan breakfast with spirulina before you cook the rest of the day’s meals and then sit down at your perfectly-organized desk for a day’s work in complete concentration.
If you weren’t laughing at the beginning of this post, you probably are now. But really, I do know someone like that. Of course she is a Tibetan nun who is supported by a group of kind and loving followers. Even worse, she doesn’t even do her own dishes, and if she drops something on the floor someone else picks it up for her.
The rest of us just don’t live that way. But does that mean that we can’t follow some different path to enlightenment? What if we could set a goal to meditate sometime in the day, even if it’s in the car before we get out for our latte. Or to write in our journal about what we’ve learned about the human condition as we nod off over our writing utensil? Is that good enough for God?
Why wouldn’t it be?
After all, if God had wanted us all to follow the same path, then he wouldn’t have created so many different ones to tempt us. We wouldn’t have been given free choice at all. So if you’re in self-flagellation mode about your imperfect path to enlightenment, thank God that he gave you so many choices to get there, even if you can’t get up at 3:30 in the morning.