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Marvels: Letters from an Elder, Part 14


Letter # 10, November 4th, 1948


Imagine, then, that you are floating on your back in a swimming pool, in a shallow depth so that you can simply stand up if you feel a need to. It might feel strange to have water around your ears while your nose and mouth are in the air, but this is something that you can get used to. A key step forward would be to be able to put out your arms at a right angle to your body so that your body forms a ’T’ shape. You will have noted that this would involve letting go of the side of the pool, but having your arms extended like this will give greater stability. If floating for the first time, taking a deep breath will fill your lungs with air, ensuring that your body will float.

How does all this relate to meditation?

It is unlikely that you will have made much satisfactory progress since my last letter. I can tell from your reply that you are finding this frustrating. This is highly common at this point. Meditative practice by its nature takes time and concentration. However, having some idea of where you are heading with it can help to keep you going along what can sometimes appear to be a difficult r