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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2003-06-02
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



How does effort support the first spiritual faculty of faith and how does faith in turn support effort? What is necessary for you to exert effort? What is necessary for you to sustain effort? What is the goal of your spiritual practice and how does that play a role in your effort? What progress have you seen? What are the values and limitations in viewing spiritual growth as progression on a path?

Is your effort based on empowering your mind or feeding your heart? Is it focused toward discipline or interconnection? Examine your spiritual effort this week and see if it is in service of the heart. Is it effort towards kindness, acceptance, allowance, and letting be, or is it a cold, self-demanding effort? Do you hold yourself in your heart as you exert effort or in contempt? Say to yourself, “Let there be heart in this,” to soften into the effort of the moment.

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