Excerpts from an Advanced Class:
The laziness of putting effort into measureable things because Unmeasurable is unvalued:
Ghashikta: "What we notice about humans is that you don’t understand where the effort actually needs to be. The effort goes into the most ineffective areas. We are speaking of when you talk about what is lazy. You are operating on a very surface level. “I cleaned”. “I went to work.” “I did this.” “ I did that.” I did, did, did everything I can list. But what happened inside? Anything? What about that thing which has been stabbing you in the chest? Did you do anything with that? Did you show appreciation with the people you live with today? To us, you put effort into the things you can write down and easily measure because that is what you were taught to do and that is what your world does. “Do you have a degree?” Anything you can measure. That which can’t be measured as easily- the capacity of your own heart – the capacity of your own presence – how you can apply yourself in this life with that – that is hard to measure. It’s not quite quantifiable to observing eyes. And so it is not really valued. That’s where most of the laziness comes from – not putting forth the effort in cultivating YOU! So, we would like to see you be able to balance. Of course it is also important to do the things you can mark off a list – so you are actually functioning – but balance it out. Put the effort into all of it. That’s not being lazy. Put the effort into all of it. Put your effort into your life. Put your presence into your life. Put your presence into your own heart. Put your presence into other people’s hearts. Invest yourselves into every moment. Invest yourselves into people. Invest yourselves in YOU! Invest yourselves in what you love. Invest yourselves in adventure. Invest yourselves in exploration. Invest yourselves in learning. Do you feel it? This is life. It is not meant to be skated on top of. It’s to be dove into. Saturate. Stretching always. Uncomfortable and enjoyable all the same. It’s a higher path. It is easier to float and be happy to be alive doing nothing. It is harder to do the things of life and be happy to be alive – but he or she who can…. Is truly happy!"