I think it is no exaggeration to say that to turn the mind away from sensuality, and other things which do not conduce to awakening, requires effort, and can be 'uncomfortable' in that the mind is, for many of us, in the habit of following many of the defilements. It appears to me that we have to resist this, and over and over again, redirect our attention to more wholesome thoughts / volitions / and actions.
I can recall a sutta in which it was said, that if (hypothetically) one was made an offer, that one would be pierced with a hundred spears per day, but that if at the end of a hundred years of this treatment, one would attain stream-entry, that one should accept such a (hypothetical) offer. This sounds very extreme, but it seems to point to stream-entry as being an extremely valuable thing. As so much of what I have read in the suttas has been borne out by experience thus far, I am inclined to give this serious reflection. If the Buddha did say this, he would have meant it. I assume it is because, the suffering of the lower realms can be so intense, that anything that can guarantee that we will never have to reappear there again, would be worth even that much endurance of severe pain. If that is the case, then the discomfort of just abstaining from sensual pleasures a bit more, and meditating even when one 'doesn't feel like it', seems utterly trivial by comparison, and we ought to see ourselves as very fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to, if all goes well, possibly attain stream-entry without the gruelling pain given in the Buddha's analogy of the hundred spears.
What is the name of that sutta, can someone please remind me?