Goofaholix wrote:If someone goes to the gym do they pick the easy weights, or the ones that are a bit difficult?
Yes, it's difficult to succeed when doing non manual work but it's not difficult to practice, practice is about doing it again and again no matter how much you fail until it becomes continuous.
First, as a counter to your point, the Buddha found the forest more conducive to practice and therefore chose to live in the forest instead of the city. And the reason is pretty similar to the reason that I am stating a physical job may be more conducive than a desk job: the mental stimulus of urban/desk life is directly counter to some of the goals of practice.
Second, your point would only be relevant if I was asking for permission to give up trying. I am not looking for an excuse or some other thing you seem to imply. As I think of this as a place for support in dealing with practice difficulties, I wanted to see if others in the community felt the same way as I do about desk work (maybe more accurately "neuroses stimulating" work). What are some of the coping strategies people use? How does one absorb into work-related tasks without losing the ability to take a step back to keep perspective? I can do this when the work is physical, but seem to lose the ability when the work is more calculating and tech oriented. Anybody else in the same boat?
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.