Right Effort and Meditation

Learning about the four kinds of Right Effort in Unit 11 of 6101,

  • The effort to prevent un-arisen unwholesome states from arising
  • The effort to abandon the arisen unwholesome states
  • Develop the undeveloped wholesome states
  • Strengthen and cultivate the existing wholesome states.

it struck me that the practice of meditation could be seen as embracing all four of these.

When I sit, I am working to develop undeveloped wholesome states and strengthening and cultivating those that already exist.
I am also not engaging in activities that would lead to unwholesome states and the practice itself is strengthening my ability to both prevent unwholesome states from arising as well as abandon those that do arrive.

Seems like another good reason to make time daily to practice, not just to study.