Consider these words from Paramhansa Yogananda, from the book The Essence of Self-Realization:
Do not expect a spiritual blossom every day in the garden of your life. Have faith that the Lord, if you surrender yourself to Him completely, will bring you divine fulfillment in His time, which is the right time.
It is important to remember that changes which come from incorporating meditation into your life can be subtle. We may feel that we aren't really affecting any change because we don't get dramatic visions or hear yes or no answers to our questions in meditation. I have personally reflected that my efforts seem verily one-sided: much sending energy out without being able to perceive what is being received back. What a blessing it is for those who can perceive these things more easily than I can.
So, this passage by Yogananda is a wonderful reminder to me. I must remember that if I keep up my side with devotion, meditation, and doing what I can to keep my vibration high, I am watering that seed which by divine law will flower in its time. This has probably been a stumbling point for countless souls through the ages - giving up their efforts toward Self-realization because they believe divine fulfillment would have come sooner were it to come at all. But particularly in this age, where instant gratification is at an all-time high, citizens of many cultures on this planet have set themselves up for disappointment when they are up against something which requires patience, steadfastness, and subtlety.
Keep going with your meditation practice, even if you experience periods of what seems like stagnation. Use your willpower to persevere, and know that things will unfold in their time. Continue to look for that fairest flower of Self-realization, knowing that it ultimately appears for all souls.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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