The development and refinement of any activity require frequent and regular practice. This applies as much to meditation as it does to sport or learning to play a musical instrument; conditioning is necessary. Without regular practice meditation cannot take root in a person’s being. It is all too easy to meditate only when one feels like it, or to put it off because one is too busy, but this is to place oneself at the mercy of circumstance. An authority needs to develop within the meditator which is not easily blown off course. The process of meditation reinforces the commitment, discipline and patience required.