The breath is our most important biological function. It is also our best ally in breaking the thought habit. We breath 22,000 times per day. Most of these breaths are unconscious—that is, we don’t notice them. A conscious breath, a breath we notice, stops the mind. Which is amazing! The mind cannot do two things at once. It can either think like crazy or notice that the body is breathing. Yes, you’re right. Minus the treats, it’s like training a dog.
The apple is not ripened by trying. Neither are we. “Act without doing; work without effort.”
My personal staff consists of a mind, heart and body (MHB). Their job is to look after things so I’m free to be who I AM during this little sojourn. Altogether it’s a pretty good arrangement. Special props to B for digesting my food.
Forgiveness is sometimes cast as an achievement requiring the assistance of a priest or bartender. But forgiveness obviates effort. Indeed, if effort is required, it means you haven’t forgiven. You’re hauling a suitcase full of broken bricks. You set it down. Your body thanks you.
It requires real effort to sustain a falsehood, live a lie, deceive and steal. Some of our most diligent criminals—drug tunnellers, for example—exhibit a tremendous work ethic. (They’re like middle-of-the-pack politicians in this respect.) Imagine Lao Tzu sitting these guys down and saying, “Today we practice wu wei.”