It doesn’t matter what you do

as long as you’re not in conflict over it.



You have your way.

I have my way.

As for the right way,

the correct way,

and the only way,

it does not exist.




For a perspective on right effort, this story could be illuminating:

(apparently from Buddhist scripture

One day the Buddha observed an overzealous monk called Sona, who had practiced walking meditation so vigorously that the soles of his feet had become blistered and bleeding. The Buddha bade him sit down and reminded him that before he became a devotee, he was a musician and played his lute.

He asked Sona, “When the strings of your lute were too taut, was it in tune and playable?”
“No, not so” replied Sona.

The Buddha continued, “When the strings of your lute were too loose, was it in tune and playable?” Once again Sona replied, “Not so.”

“When the strings of your lute were neither too taut nor too loose, but tuned to be right on pitch, was your lute in tune and playable?”

Sona shook his head and smiled in agreement, “Yes, that is the way it works best.”

So the Buddha advised Sona to treat his practice like that: neither too tightly, nor too loosely, but always to find just the right level of effort (“the right pitch for your theme”).


After reading the story above, I’m thinking the following:

If you’re trying too hard

to do the right thing,

in the right way, 

for the right reason –

it may not be;

just go by feeling.


Here is some writing on reducing unnecessary effort, from Moshe Feldenkrais:

To produce the mental ease necessary for the reduction of useless efforts… learn to do a little less well than is possible when trying hard to be less fast, less vigorous, less graceful, etc. [Try doing] the utmost and then deliberately… a little less. This is more important than it might seem. For if enabled to feel progress while not tensing, pupils have the sensation of being able to do better, which induces more progress. Achievements that otherwise may need numerous hours of work can be obtained in twenty minutes with this attitude of mind and body. 

Learning to inhibit unwanted contractions of muscles that function without, or in spite of, our will, is the main task in coordinated action.

… it’s not important what you paint. You can paint flowers, you can paint the sea, you can paint a forest, you can paint trees, you can paint a chair, you can paint a figure, you can paint a face, you can paint imaginary things — you can paint abstract — therefore, nobody has ever been judged whether he is a good painter after what he paints. It’s only HOW he paints.

My purpose is to allow people to move closer to actually being creatures of free choice, to genuinely reflect individual creativity and emotion, freeing the body of habitual tensions and wired-patterns of behaviour so that it may respond without inhibition to do what the person wants.




You’ll have to figure it out for yourself!
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