One piece struck me yesterday during a Dhamma talk by Bhikkhu Samahita and it was this: he said that many monks (and nuns) today don;t have the time to dedicate the five hours a day needed to meditation to see real results. Of course, this is a simplification of what the entire talk was about and I beg forgiveness for any error in my understanding but what I took away from it was that if even people who have dedicated their entire lives to the Dhamma need to spend such lengths of time cultivating samadhi I shouldn’t allow myself to be upset or impatient when I’m seeing only small gains with, at most, an hour each day.
In other words, I need to be realistic about what an hour a day can accomplish. While I will strive to do more I also feel I need to be even more scrupulous and pay more attention to dana and sila in my daily practice. May I never give up nor fall prey to hopelessness.