Ed,I'm really sorry to take up so much of your time. Your response was, once again, very helpful and right on the mark. I too am "mind-smart" and I find myself wanting to read and study everything without actually doing the work of self-enquiry!
What caught my attention, and what I wanted to ask you about, was this statement....."Practice diligently, but not too hard. Too hard will cause you to lose the way too." Find the middle way of practice.
How can a person practice "too hard"? From the things I've read, such as Ramana and Nisargadatta, they recommend practicing every spare moment of your life and even while doing your worldly work. What you say makes a lot of sense and the "middle way" definitely seems like the best approach, but I was just wondering what you meant by "too hard" so I could avoid that "trap" also
If you don't have the time to respond, I understand totally. Thank you for your replies Ed.All the best to you,
Long practice is o.k., just avoid intense practice that requires a great use of the will to search for I.
Intense effort is counter productive, you'll wear out and eventually give up. Also, is causes a lot of body-mind stress which absolutley prevents you from finding the target.
Gently bring the attention back to the sense of existence. If it falls away, don't get angry with yourself.
Pratice as long as you can without stress.
Middle way is better expressed as the gentle and persistent way,