Sara H wrote:Practicing seriously Jikan, means practicing Right Effort.
That is essentially what this thread is about.
There are a great many resources available on the subject of Right Effort.
Althouth admitedly, it is a difficult concept to get right at first, as for most people, Right Effort is something that has to be done to understand it, and for many people it is common to oscillate back and forth between extremes (which hopefully become less and less extreme, and more and more closer to the middle) in order to discover a middle path.
Pushing your body to physical extremes and to the point of possibly breaking is not a middle path.
It's like with our thumb position in meditation:
We don't mash them together until the thumbnails turn white, straining ourselves.
And we also don't let them hang limply.
We just hold them together, lightly touching.
Not too much effort, and not "not enough" either.
Just a middle path between lassitude, and straining ourselves.
We don't need to "ram down the gates of heaven" so to speak with a battering ram.
It is enough to politely knock.
This is an interesting reflection. Thank you for it.