NEW MOON – Not The Way It Seems

Those who are energetically
committed to the Way,
who are pure and considerate in effort,
composed and virtuous in conduct,
steadily increase in radiance.

Dhammapada 24

Energetic effort can sometimes feel assertive and at other times feel yielding. It is by no means always clear in our practice what sort of effort we should be making. Exercising gentle patience, for instance, does not necessarily appear impressive, but might be exactly what is called for. If we push when we should wait, we might make things worse; if we wait when we should be moving forward, we could miss a valuable opportunity. Agility is an ally in practice when associated with right understanding and sensitivity.

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