Effort and Energy

by Tony Packer

People frequently express dismay at experiencing endless streams of thought, even after sitting (in meditation) for many years: "Am I a hopeless case?" they ask. Or, "The mind is fairly quiet and spacious here at Springwa­ter, but when I'm back home there is new entanglement again." Or, "How can I do it better, be more disciplined? I really have no discipline whatsoever. I lack a foundation, not having had any formal training. Do I need to make more of an effort to get thoughts under control, to become more concentrated to . . .

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