Hi, I am a lazy person, in part because of my mental illness but I don’t want to use that as an excuse.
I am very serious about becoming a monk if I ever have the good mental health that is necessary and am able too.
I would love to renounce everything at once and go live in a cave or in the forest but I know that is not realistic, but I also don’t want to just do what I want and live without restraint.
I am making progress but it is rather slow, one thing I found out is “try to do things that are a mix of requiring discipline but at the same time I am able to enjoy in a way, instead of things that are about delaying gratification fully and I have to work hard, like learning pali for example” I am currently playing PC games and try to play more complicated games which require more effort and thinking and diligence.
I also make music and practice djing at home, because at least I am learning something and have fun. I am helping my family members with gardening and general chores. and I am reading and listening to dhamma topics and dhamma talks. Is there a guideline I can use to know when I apply too little effort or too much? Currently I feel I apply too little but I don’t want to try too many things so that I will become unhappy or regret it when I am not able to make it.
I also want to become a vegan, after on and off veganism for years now. I am not able to be a vegan while my friends and family don’t understand that choice and I am craving non vegan food after some time. I would also be thankful for the suggestion of hobbies that help build discipline and are good for buddhists and tipps for going vegan. I hope my question fits in the discourse-forum, this is the nicest buddhist online community I know of and that’s why I am asking here. Thanks everyone for answers, maybe this also helps someone in a similar situation that may not wants to openly discuss it.