Sometimes our Dharma teacher sweeps his hand through the air in an up-down motion, as if he is tracing the shape of a mountain range. The practice goes like this, he says.
I’m feeling that way the last couple of days. Down in the valley now. My concentration is off. My attempts to focus my awareness are not going as well as I would like. Grrr …
Then our Dharma teacher repeats the motion, and we can see a slow, steady upward slant in the line. The later mountains are higher than the early mountains.
But it always gets better, he says. If you continue practicing, it gets better.