To dismiss something because it seems obvious has been the source of many grievous errors even in the most concrete disciplines.
Trying and focusing are two different things? Yes they are. Your mind focuses all on its own. Sort of a need to know where you are, and what you are doing.
“There is do and do not, there is no try”’? Yes, but the ‘do’ or ‘do not do’ element isn’t a moralistic judgment. When you think ‘do not do’ is bad, you twist your actions in your imagination. Which will twist them in execution. When you cook you aren’t analyzing cooking, at least not a familiar dish. If you are cooking a new one you usually don’t do as well as you could even if you are a good cook. ‘Don’t put too much salt in, Do not put too much salt in! … crap, put too much salt in.’. That is what happens if you get hung up like that, yet the skilful are just imagining the finished product that they are already familiar with. Is this not so?
So imagine, and we’ll put the perfect amount of salt in? Yes, you won’t even think about it. All these things we want, we don’t want from out of the blue. The desire came from inside us. We are already familiar with what we want, potentially very familiar.
As I get older I feel I need to put more effort into things and trying to focus. Do you find it gets harder? It will get harder if we try too much. The idea you have to try makes you have to try. You will find the reasons the issue has to be hard. How many of us know a senior citizen who complains of memory loss, but when they aren’t thinking about it they actually remember something and even surprise themselves? It happens rather frequently doesn’t it? Often they don’t even notice. What they are dealing with is conditioned trying. They push that trying really hard. If it isn’t hard, supposedly you aren’t working. You aren’t earning it. You have to suffer to deserve stuff. Sort of crazy isn’t it? I have met 60+ year olds who were more mentally vibrant and alert than most twenty something’s I know. They have very vivid personalities also, very far from any vision of burn out.
The belief that you have to earn and suffer is universally toxic. Heart disease, escalating suicide rates. The reason being is that it gets generalized. You have to earn feeling good. You have to earn being alive. You have to earn relaxation. It’s a bald faced lie. In fact, what you ever got was ultimately given to you because someone wanted to. Because you wanted it too. Because you shared a vision of having it, giving or receiving it, and why that was supposed to all happen. No amount of thinking did crap to give you anything.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.