The Joy of Effort
– Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Meditation is a skill, and practicing it should be enjoyable in the same way that mastering any other rewarding skill can be. Of course, saying that meditation should be enjoyable doesn’t mean that it will always be easy or pleasant. Every meditator knows it requires serious discipline to sit with long unpleasant stretches and untangle all the mind’s difficult issues. Approach difficulties with the enthusiasm that an artist approaches challenges with—the discipline becomes enjoyable and challenges are solved through your own ingenuity, and the mind is energized for even greater challenges.
This joyful attitude is a useful antidote to the more pessimistic attitudes that people often bring to meditation, which tend to fall into two extremes. On the one hand, there’s the belief that meditation is a series of dull and dreary exercises allowing no…
View original post 1,553 more words