Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 12/15/2014

Uposatha Aftermath

Yesterday’s observance was well worth the effort and I am keen to begin following it regularly one again. Perhaps the one thing that I find myself to be working on more than any other is the fair of Right Effort.

You see, I have a habit of pushing too hard and rationalizing it as being skillful means when, in fact, it just seems to push me towards burning out. So yesterday, when I began to feel overwhelmed I took stock and handled myself with care. What this amounted to in practice was either cultivating a pleasant breath and relaxing around the tension or simply reflecting on self-compassion rather than pushing through as obstinately as a bull.

At the end of the day, having respected my limits while following the update precepts, I felt lighter and more content than I have for some time. May I remember this lesson well and act wisely for my own true welfare.

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