There is no shortcut in life.

When you are drawn to design your view of the world on canvas; it takes more than a weekends course to learn the skill.
When you want to use a musical instrument to bring the listener into resonance with the harmony of the divine expression; it takes your whole youth to learn the skill.
When you want to express who you are by using your human form in perfect balance, harmony and health; it takes your whole life to master.

There is no shortcut in life.
There is no weekend course that gives you the certificate of mastery.
There is no pill that gives you health.

If the effort is effort, then you might want to question why you want to do it.
If the effort is dedication, then there's no more effort and every part of it will already have the taste of what you believe is the final stage.

Similar to a holographic recording, the whole is already present in every part of it. When a photograph is cut in half, each piece shows half of the scene. When a hologram is cut in half, the whole scene can still be seen in each piece.

It's like Michelangelo said: “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”

You are already perfect, you already have the wisdom, you just have to chisel away what's hindering the full divine expression. That said, the block of marble is already beautiful and has the same value as the final sculpture; because it has the potential to reveal the sculpture within.

Dedication is your tool and companion.

Please read the definition of the word dedication.

If you know someone who owns and plays a Stradivari violin, then you know how much attention and affection goes into making sure that the precious instrument is having the best condition that is beneficial for it. This is not the guarantee that the music will be harmonious but without the balanced environment, the instrument will not resonate with the intention of the virtuous.
So too, you want to take care of your instrument, your physical presence. Seek balance and harmony in your life. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits, chew well, drink pure water and move your body every day.

If you put as much time and attention into your well-being as you do to read this article then you can be sure that your body and mind will handle with ease any external situation.

Be healthy and be well.
Be the well that will replenish the thirsty beings around you.

Now it's time to turn off the device you're using, go for a walk and smile at your fellow humans.

Be well.

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