The following quoted text was posted on Facebook by my Sangha. I love it. I found it very insightful to read, and I find it is something I really need to keep in mind when I meditate. So I just had to share it here.
MAHAMUDRA IS EFFORTLESS
“Mahamudra is effortless. The practice of shamatha is the key to effortlessness. When you practice meditation, fix your posture and align it so that heaven and earth are completely in conjunction. Your body becomes the lightning rod between heaven and earth. Then relax everything. Let your past dissolve into the earth, let your future dissolve into space, let the present moment dissolve into your breath, and then forget everything you just did. Stare directly into space and relax your mind. And whatever happens, don’t be concerned. The absence of deliberate action is the real message. My dear friends, you make much too big a deal of your meditation practice. You should relax your body, speech and mind, and let your mind go where it will. If something occurs, don’t be concerned. If something doesn’t occur, don’t be concerned. Take this very moment as empty in itself and at the same time full of Buddha’s wisdom and insight.”
– from The Chariot of Liberation, Talk 5, April 1984 by Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin