"At such times, monks, as the mind is sluggish, that is the wrong time to cultivate the enlightenment-factor of tranquillity, the enlightenment-factor of concentration, the enlightenment-factor of equanimity. What is the reason? A sluggish mind is hard to arouse by these factors.
"Suppose a man wants to make a small fire blaze. If he heaps wet grass, wet cow-dung and wet sticks on it, if he exposes it to wind and rain and sprinkles it with dust, can he make that small fire blaze?"
"No indeed, Lord."
"Just so, when the mind is sluggish it is the wrong time to cultivate the enlightenment-factors of tranquillity, concentration and equanimity, because a sluggish mind is hard to arouse through these factors.
"But, monks, when the mind is sluggish, that is the right time to cultivate the enlightenment-factor of investigation-of-states, the enlightenment-factor of energy, the enlightenment-factor of rapture. What is the reason? A sluggish mind is easy to arouse by these factors.
"Suppose a man wants to make a small fire blaze. If he heaps dry grass, dry cow-dung and dry sticks on it, blows on it with his mouth, and does not sprinkle it with dust, can he make that fire blaze?"
"Yes indeed, Lord."
"... a sluggish mind is easy to arouse through these factors.
a_human_being wrote:I have an ADD diagnosis among others, and depressive symptoms. Most days I struggle to keep the motivation and energy to do the basic house hold chores.
I find that when I read dhamma or try to meditate, sometimes it feels like all the talk about "cessation" and "dispassion" contributes to my low energy levels. I know there is skillful and unskillful desire and energy but that's how it is. It sometimes makes me avoid reading dhamma when I feel tired or depressed. Can someone identify or have any other input?
I hope I sometime find out how to "generate" positive energy. I have been on stimulants (add meds) before and consider asking the pdoc for starting again. I guess that and exercise will have to do until then.
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