STEPS ON THE PATH is a twenty-one part series based on the twenty-one meditations of The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Je Tsongkhapa, a 14th century Tibetan Buddhist master. Je Tsongkhapa’s meditations were commentaries based on Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, a work the 11th century Indian Buddhist master Atisha wrote and presented when he was invited to reintroduce the Dharma to Tibet after a period of government suffocation. Both of these works are called Lamrim practice, and are said to compile all the teachings of the Buddha into one meditation practice. This STEPS ON THE PATH meditation series is an interpretation by Still Yourself to reflect an updated and modern understanding. They may be read and contemplated in any order you like.
—Meditation Four —
Those My Heart Trusts
ALL ALONG MY journey, there have been teachers who have spoken the truth, sometimes at great cost. These teachers have gifted me with their words of wisdom through books, videos, and spoken word—physically in person and via recorded material. Looking back, I see that each time my heart has recognized truths that have been communicated, I have been both instantly changed as well as inspired to continue growing toward further change. Testing and experiencing these insights for myself, I have come to trust in certain truths, and I find myself returning to them time and time again. I recognize they are a refuge or a safe place for me I can return to whenever I need to ground and center myself in the foundations that matter most to me.
I am very aware of how fleeting and fickle this priceless human mind is, how easily it forgets what it has learned—even if that learning has been a life-changing “Ah-ha!” moment. I must review and keep these trusted truths in front of me often, even if it is only a picture of the one who inspires me or an illustration of my heart’s truth. I see that spending time with those who also hold the same values benefits me greatly as well.
I must keep my mind fresh and refreshed, and choose the direction and focus I shine the light of my mind on—what goes in is most definitely what comes out.
Some great teachers may eventually be discredited or do something that causes doubt in their listeners, but the truth that came through their words in the moment of speaking them remains trustworthy. Teachers are human, just as I am, but wisdom remains firm. Today I decide to keep the truths that light my heart near at all times, and call upon them as needed throughout my daily routine.