Resist and Transmute self-will
The focus and resolve needed to dive deep in meditation is cultivated in the hundreds of ways throughout our day that we resist and transmute self-will. Every time we do what we know is right for us, we strengthen our ability to go deeper in meditation.
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
When we begin a meditation practice, we become aware of the myriad disorganized thoughts that come into our mind. Over time using a technique like focusing on the breath, we learn to let the thoughts fall away and bring the mind to a single point of focus. Next we become aware of a new way of making decisions. We learn to differentiate between the selfish promptings of ego and the enlightened intuition unleashed by our meditation practice. Making the ego a useful helpmate instead of our boss deepens our meditation day by day. We have embraced the virtuous cycle where right living strengthens meditation and meditation returns the favor.