Effortless Effort

During standing meditation in our Tai Chi class yesterday, the idea of “effortless effort” came into my mind. Sort of a strange thought to come to mind, but I thought about it and it seemed an interesting idea, when even though you are exerting yourself in work it is not belabored. At times in class I find that to be the case, that although posturing can be tiring, my mind is so focused on principles and ideas and checking the body that the exertion of the body isn’t on my mind. That’s sort of an effortless effort in a way I guess. I think too to times when composing or programming and being so focused on the work that hours will go by without noticing it, that sort of intense focus on a task makes the work not seem so effortful. Either way, an idea for me to think about…

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