Practicing the dharma

Practicing the dharma is tricky because the mind can be tricky. Sometimes the mind gets carried away and we don’t notice it. Other times the mind just wants to do what it wants to do. We seem to be powerless. After some time, we observe this tricky mind and gradually reel it in. These are common occurrences until we attain mental stability through our shamatha, or concentration, practice. The fact that eventually we observe the tricky mind and work with it is a sign of practicing the dharma.