It’s easy to become deadly serious about freeing ourselves from suffering. People need help now, and we have to get ourselves in shape fast! But in the so-called war against the kleshas (difficult emotions), heavy-handedness is just another ego trip. Instead of struggling, Shantideva suggests bringing some lightness into the equation. Like children at play, like a hot elephant diving into a lake, like a joyful horse, or a breeze of delight—bring enthusiasm to the task.
From No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön, page 262