The Experience of Prayer

Two Monks Pictures, Images and Photos

A young student at a Zen monastery
comes to his master and throws himself at his feet, sobbing.
The teacher lifts him up gently, and asks him,
“What is troubling you, my son?”

“O master,” the student falters, “I am so discouraged.
My meditation is a nightmare—
my mind is always running after worldly thoughts, my legs ache,
I’m constantly falling asleep…
I cannot concentrate on anything for even a breath.
I think that I am just not cut out for meditation.”

The master pats his head and comforts him
“Do not worry, my child. This is only a stage. It will pass, it will pass.”
The student heaves a big sigh, bows to his master,
and goes back to the meditation hall.

A few days later,
he comes running to his master, grinning from ear to ear.
“O master, by your grace, my meditation is completely transformed now!
I’m getting so much joy, so much peace, so much depth…”

The master responds calmly, “Do not worry, my son. It will pass.”

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to The Experience of Prayer

  1. Linda Trill says:

    so true of our prayer life. It totally satisfies and frustrates us day to day. It is that faith that keeps me going!!

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