February 3rd -
Today we focus on our efforts. What have we been spending our efforts on? Do we spend our resources acquiring stuff, on getting approval and acceptance from others, on gathering things that promise pleasure? We know that all of this is temporary and ever-changing. The pursuit of these things is cause for suffering, whereas when we put our efforts into spiritual things we do not suffer, and the pleasant temporary things come in an easy way and then when they dissipate as they always do, we do not have to spend effort trying to hold on to the illusions. Right effort inhibits the growth of the unwholesome seeds, while nurturing wholesome things. What is wholesome and unwholesome? Anything that is not helpful is unwholesome, and anything that does help is wholesome.