|I get it. Yeah, this'll work! I've memorized the lists, understood, and I'm ready to start.|
|Don't be too stiff (serious) nor too lax.|
|Ah, this is a much better way to sit and sleep.|
For example, let’s say we write the words "sensual craving." When "sensual craving" actually floods in and overwhelms the heart/mind, it’s impossible that the written word had any ability to convey the meaning of the reality.
You said you wouldn't get angry any more. - STFU!
How do I get enlightened?
|Relax. Pushing is NOT the way to meditate.|
Paradoxically, it is accomplished by not thinking too much and not trying too hard. Instead, go easy and keep going.
The Buddha said it very beautifully using the analogy of how he himself crossed the "great flood" samsara to reach the great peace nirvana. They are not the same thing, though it may be useful to think so or tell oneself so.
We already are, in a sense, all we are capable of being, so long as we keep striving in a balanced way because we certainly do not yet realize what we are capable of. See Crossing the Flood.
In another very powerful analogy, the Buddha teaches a lute player that just as he cannot make beautiful music if his strings are either too tight or too loose, so a meditator cannot succeed if s/he is too stiff or too lazy. The secret is balanced effort and persistence.
- AUDIO: Balance Spiritual Urgency with Serene Calm
- Happiness is not the destination; happiness is the way