The Noble Eightfold Path
- Wise View
- Wise Intention
- Wise Speech
- Wise Action
- Wise Livelihood
- Wise Effort
- Wise Mindfulness
- Wise Concentration
Definition of Wise Effort
- Consistently focusing attention on the present moment.
- Clearly observing every experience.
- Gaining insight into the nature of reality with Wise View and Wise Intention.
Motivation for Right Effort
- Spiritual urgency is the driving force.
- This urgency is deepened by understanding impermanence.
- Reflect on the inevitability of death, both our own and that of others.
- Have you ever pondered the fact that everyone you know will eventually die?
- What if you knew your time was limited, even to the next moment?
Understanding the Path
- Challenges and obstacles may initially seem burdensome.
- The journey evolves: starting with enthusiasm (honeymoon phase), encountering obstacles, and eventually reaching a stage of effortless practice.
Facing Challenges in Practice
- Practice can be difficult during pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral experiences.
- Strategies to enhance practice:
- Extend your meditation time.
- Practice under varied conditions like reduced sleep, sickness, or during extended retreats.
- Minimize certain sensual indulgences to focus on practice.
Engagement in Experiences
- Some experiences draw us in fully, while others only get half our effort.
- Cultivate awareness of these variations in engagement.
- Prioritize mindfulness to navigate these moments with clarity.
Wise Effort Summarized
- Give attention to all experiences.
- Observe with clarity, guided by Wise Intention and Wise View.
- Think of a task that benefits you but you’ve approached half-heartedly. What causes your resistance to it?