This is an ongoing series running through May to compliment the twice weekly meditation sessions that I will be hosting on YouTube (the videos have now been moved to my Vimeo page). If you have any questions, please contact me.
At first glance this might appear as an odd subject to bring into the world of meditation. What my intention is, is to offer you another tool to support you in your practice. However, for that tool to work first I have to explain what I am meaning here by the word faith.
If you go to someone for advice, try out what they say and it helps you, you will have more faith in that person and are more likely to listen to them the next time that you need help in that same area. If you read a book, try out the advice that the author shares and that helps you, you will have more faith in that author and be more likely to go back to them for advice on their chosen topics.
So where does this sit with meditation? It sits alongside self-confidence that I was talking about yesterday. As you start to experience the results of your practice for yourself, you will start to develop faith not only in the practice, but also in yourself to realize the fruits of your practice. These experiences are valuable. If you feel as though you are going through a phase of little happening with your practice, or if someone else challenges what you are doing, your faith in yourself and your efforts can help to carry you through.
As my own teacher said,
If someone challenges your practice, practice it.