I´ve been a bit imprecise in my wording it seems. I think we mean the same thing. I said that meditation will not work to solve a crisis if you in the midst of that crisis turn to meditation in the hope that it will solve your problems. No you don´t need to meditate you just need to solve, but a lot of people think that meditation can solve your problems, which it can´t.But your take on what that lady said and what ET says is still treating things/situations as a means to an end...
Using meditation to solve a crisis, you don't need to meditate you only need to 'solve' - come to terms with and choose your response consciously
Using when life is going relatively smoothly to practice presence is taking you away from what is - it also gives you a cop out to not respond consciously with love and compassion in the moment - I'll think about that next time things are going a bit smoother ....ppfftt
If your response is to delay responding then your response is no response in this moment
- own it, don't excuse it.
With meditation practice i didn´t mean "training", but "habit". The habit to meditate on a regular basis is a meditation practice. However...(and practice for me has the same resonance as 'trying') - the focus is on 'practising' as if its not the real deal - every moment is the real deal and it only comes this once - you can 'try' in the moment, you can 'practice' in that moment or you can BE in/with/one the moment and respond consciously - then let it go. Just like a breath breathed out a new moment will flow in, you don't have to schedule for them, in fact you can't 'schedule' for them they come when they come.
What I understand that Eckhart is saying about practicing presence when life is smooth is to practice remembering to be present when life is smooth, to build up a new habit, because when it gets turbulent, chances are that you don´t even remember to respond with love and compassion in the first place, and then then you can´t even put it off for later
So the point is still to not make this too complicated. Because ET´s message is so simple our minds tries to make it into something it can ponder, which in turn makes it hard to just accept the beautiful simplicity of it.