This is the stone, drenched with rain, that points the way.
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 19 (from a poem by Santoka)
Meditation offers a path out of the burning house, without abandoning the promise and good-heartedness of being human. Practice is the last best hope of living up to that good-heartedness, the only thing that never hurts and usually helps. And even at the beginning of the meditation path, on a good day it’s exciting. It actually makes you happy.