of the antidotes is effort and this course has encouraged effort
and determination. Sometimes I feel I am being lazy. But other
times — maybe as my own antdote to my laziness — I feel I'm
trying too hard.
we begin meditation practice, you may experience the obstacle
of trying too hard.
We think meditation practice is something special or different,
that we’ve got to twist
or shape force ourself into something we’re not. The entire point of meditation
is to tune ourselves in to the innate wakefulness that’s already there.
Because that’s the point of meditation
practice, because it’s that’s
direction we’re going in, one of the most important instructions is to
relax. Relax. This is not an invitation to flop.
In conventional life there’s
often a dichotomy between work and play, between exertion and relaxation.
And often exertion has a of connotation of pain or obligation, and
rest a connotation of floping and relief
and we go back and forth between the two
Buddhism is known as
the middle way between extremes, and sitting
meditation practice exemplifies this. There’s a sense of relaxation
but it’s relaxation with a sense of precision, presence, developing
a gentle affection and interest in our experience moment to moment.