Very Slow, Very Steady

Three years into my Vipassana journey I’m needing to accept just how slow the process of changing the habit pattern of the mind is. I’m so used to finding quick fix solutions like 8 minute abs and pills that solve problems that I’m still trying to understand what it means for this path to be a life long journey. Three years was my old version of a long-term solution, but as much as I’ve changed over this period, I’m starting to realize just how far I have left to go.

After finishing my first course I thought I would bring this gem back to my family and community and I would relatively quickly see dramatic changes. I realize now that I was mostly expecting large changes in other people’s lives. Instead, Vipassana keeps expecting more change from me and nobody else. I’m not sure how much the people in my life have changed, but how I respond and react to them has totally changed. I spend very little time expecting, challenging, or hoping for others to make different choices and continuously observe how I’m handling each of these situations.

I still feel like Vipassana is a practice that could truly help the world become a better place, but this change isn’t going to occur within the next 10 years. It might take hundreds of years to see a shift on a global scale. This doesn’t change the fact that my daily practice is the best tool I have to develop in the best possible me that I can. While change is slow, it is real change and that’s what matters. I excited to continue walking at this slow and steady pace. I look forward to finding more people who are walking along side me. Time to meditate.

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

3 thoughts on “Very Slow, Very Steady

  1. slow and stead wins the race as the saying goes
    before you know 100 thousands eons will pass

    Only I can be dissolved by me
    However I try, can’t change thee

    🙂

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  2. Saddhu,Saddhu,Saddhu
    I am meditating now 4 years Vipassana and the process is really slow.
    But there are changes and every ups and downs bring you further on your
    way.What we have to learn is patience,patience and again patience.
    It`s not easy in our time,but what can we do?
    I finish this post with an saying from Goenkaji.
    “Continuity is the secret of success” S.N.Goenka

    Metta,Toni

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