"When we meditate for a purpose - to be calm, to gain insight - we are striving, not meditating.
The problem with having a known goal is that it is a purchase from the store of things we already know, when what we truly want is something glimpsed dimly and imagined in a haze.
It's painful to let go of our original intentions but, eventually, they are in the way because we have changed, we are no longer the person who set off. Our intentions gave us the journey and that is enough.
Attention is a kind of love and our way of showing up, and when we do that, life unfolds by itself."
John Tarrant, Shambhala Sun, September 2013