We are intrinsically gifted with the ability to see into things, to see the truth of what is. What we see is beautiful and, despite the bitter-sweet awareness of our own mortality, we extract happiness and meaning from life. Seeking truth and meaning is a universal quest that crosses time and culture. By practicing yoga we learn to rein in the tendency of consciousness to gravitate toward the impermanence of external things. As consciousness settles, it takes on a transparent quality and our experience of time becomes more spacious and less personal. With more time and space the drama of life is diminished by the compelling, universal quality of stillness. At this point consciousness begins to experience a less personal way of seeing and a problem emerges. We are faced with a conundrum - the very action and energy propelling us to seek clarity is itself an obstacle on our path. The more force we use, the more it feels like we are doing something...and stillness slips from our grasp. This juncture for many of us is a turning point. We either make a choice to look deeper and develop the ability to rest in the stillness of the moment or we slide out of the moment and into past/future think. The key is learning to identify the point of focus and the feeling of sliding out of the moment. Once we can identify the stillness, we can learn to return to it without exertion. There are many important issues that allow us to reach this juncture but two stand out above the others. The first is motivation or the genuine energy we bring to liberating our mind (effort). Without clear motivation we are easily distracted by the profusion of life. The second is intelligent orientation or our willingness to continually place our consciousness before the divine mirror of life (effortless). Motivation requires energy but truly seeing the sublime beauty in a sunset is intrinsically effortless and requires only that we allow the light to enter.