Effort is distraction from what is.
We must understand the problem of striving. If we can understand the
significance of effort, then we can translate it into action in our
daily life. Does not effort mean a struggle to change what is into
what it is not, or what it should be, or what it should become? We are
constantly escaping from what is, to transform or modify it. He who is
truly content is he who understands what is, who gives the right
significance to what is . True contentment lies not in few or many
possessions, but in understanding the whole significance of what is.
Only in passive awareness is the meaning of what is understood. I am
not, at the moment, talking of the physical struggle with the earth,
with construction or a technical problem, but of psychological
striving. The psychological struggles and problems always overshadow
the physiological. You may build a careful social structure, but as
long as the psychological darkness and strife are not understood, they
invariably overturn the carefully built structure.
-- J. Krishnamurti, http://www.kfa.org