As I've watched people's practices develop over the years, I've noticed particular pitfalls that tend to arise along the path. Most people overcome and benefit from these difficulties, especially if they know what they are. But the unwary can be stymied by them and drop a meditation practice that would otherwise have served them well in the long run.
Some of these pitfalls occur in our first few steps along the path; other well-known hazards lie close to the end. So wherever your practice has brought you, this review should answer some questions and offer some previews of coming attractions.
Please join us this Sunday from 7-8:30 pm to meditate and explore this topic. Bring friends! I'll spend some time listing the pitfalls I've learned about, and then we can share – as a sangha – our stories of facing and overcoming these (and other) difficulties.