David is one of my favorite bloggers and a teacher I hope to work with one day in workshops or go on a retreat.
Please come to the Midwest David.
I think his blog reflects a very seasoned practitioner who has gone through many phases of practice. His blog reflects that practice is always a meditation. The mind patterns mirror the phase of practice. The essence of practice is to alleviate the mind of these patterns and becomes the refuge from the thought processes when there is a true focus.
I love that an accomplished and serious practitioner/teacher has the experience that I do, of anticipating my practice the next day. Just this morning I was up at four waiting for time to go to practice. It is like Christmas every day. Often it is like an escape from what David is talking about, the incessant challenge of wondering how to practice, if I am practicing enough, will I injure myself, do I have pain today.
This is exactly what we are escaping from in practice. When there are few mental and external distractions, practice is sweet. We are strong. We can balance with right effort. With many distractions, it is like we have two half tennis balls attached to the bottom of our feet and no matter how much or little effort, there is no balance. The mind is in the way. Again.