The effort of spiritual practice creates the space for Grace to happen effortlessly. It is a dance between gift and discipline. Offer your breath and you will be filled. Take the next breath. It is not taken: it is given. O mysterious lover, giver, friend.
Those who say, "Make an effort in your spiritual practice," are correct. Those who say, "Spiritual practice is effortless," are correct. Don't have this argument. Flowers don't argue with sunbeams.