What do you notice when you throw a rock into a lake? Most likely you see the ripples created on the surface. The rock is usually obscured by the water itself. The deeper the lake, the murkier the water it is, with nothing visible beyond those surface ripples. Our minds resemble the lake in this way: we usually only see the surface disruption when life throws us a rock. What happened? The rock is present, but obscured by the murkiness of our mind ripples. We miss the rock sinking into our hearts or even deeper into our guts.
This is where our practice serves us well. We need to bring our attention to where the rock has settled inside and let it rest there. Take a few deep breaths and steady your mind. Gradually the ripples will begin to subside and not pull your attention away. As you feel how the rock sits in you body, it may seem foreign and uncomfortable, like something you need to remove. But as you remain present, you will begin to see that, like the lake, you have the capacity to accommodate many rocks. The heart/mind is vast and wide. Rocks won’t destroy you. Gradually they settle into the ground and become part of the terrain. Like rocks at the bottom of a lake, they strengthen the foundation of your very being.