Wise Effort: Distortions of Effort

For Your Contemplation

Reflect on what effort means to you. How have you applied effort in your life? Notice both the motivation for effort and the outcome of that effort, particularly around how you hoped to make yourself a better person.

How do you carry this previous understanding of effort into your meditation practice? During your daily formal and informal meditation periods, notice the presence and quality of effort. Ask, "Why am I making this effort?" and "Does this relate to the Four Noble Truths?"