To practice the quality of equanimity, it is important to learn how to stop being a slave of one’s emotions. In the meditation of this school, we aim to be able to observe how any emotion is born and drop it right at the place where it is born.
We are so worried, so constantly anxious, running as fast as we can in circles round our little Self. It’s as if we already know inside from the beginning that it is just an image, fake, put-together.
It’s easy to think of effort as being purely physical, purely to do with persistence and non-stop work. Yet mental effort is more difficult and more valuable than physical effort; mental laziness is more damaging than physical laziness.
Devotion to something or someone outside can indeed be beautiful. And yet by this we make ourselves into beggars.