Fail Gladly to Succeed
Just found this wonderful interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates on the writing process, in which he says: “I always consider the entire process about failure …”
Like with any skill, I also believe this to be true about meditation.
The process of apparently failing is also, paradoxically, the process of succeeding. For this reason, accept the difficulties as the path you walk in meditation, and they cease to be difficulties. We fail and we keep on failing, right to the point when we succeed, which always comes as a surprise. And then we fail again.
In this way failing disappears, and there is only the path to success.
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I replaced the word “writing” with “meditation” in my head, and man, he is spot on, isn’t he? The idea that I have about meditation, that music in my head, never quite translates exactly during practice. But like he says, it is all about perseverance. When you want something really bad, even if you don’t quite know what it is you want, as long as you want it, I guess we will persevere until we go from really bad to acceptable.
Thanks for the video.
Sort of works with whatever endeavor one sets out to do doesn’t it … just replace the word writing with whatever it is and the lesson is clear …