Mental Faculty of Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is needed to accomplish anything, it brings joy, overcomes tiredness, brings meditative progress and virtue, if applied the right way. Even wisdom without enthusiasm is virtually useless. The opposing force to enthusiasm is laziness, particularly the laziness of addiction to unhelpful behavior. To overcome laziness you can either be gentle and suggest positive behavior and its benefits to the mind or be a little forceful and remind yourself of impermanence and death. In any case you have to develop a liking to the positive things you want to accomplish by seeing the qualities and benefits.

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