What does it mean to be "dedicated" to something?
Without looking at the dictionary, how would you describe it?
The word "dedicated" smacks of continuously doing something. There's a sense that one does the same thing again and again.
There's another aspect of dedication that's important: doing something even when we don't feel the desire to do that thing.
This applies to things like work, exercise, and yes, our spiritual practice. We're dedicated to prayer and meditation not because we always immediately reap the benefits of it but because it's necessary for us to continue in our practice toward spiritual perfection.
Some days, I don't feel like meditating. Some days, I even cut my meditations to a very, very short visualization session. But either way, I put forth the effort of meditating. I put forth some kind of effort.
There are days when I don't feel like meditating...and I do so anyway, usually to a great result.
This is in fact a telling point- in our spiritual practice, we're often met with resistance to the very things we need.
This isn't true for everything in life- indeed, the spiritual life sometimes opens up amazing paths for us and allows us to walk with grace and ease, and those are the moments where my heart is singing constantly a song of praise, again and again saying, "Thank You, God! Thank You!"
I pray that you find your sense of consistency and dedication to your spiritual practice.
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