But unlike the toddler, the task of "standing, walking and running" for the enlightened person doesn't come naturally or effortlessly."
I separated this comment, intentionally, to highlight a point.
I've taken it out of context, in fairness to the author, because by itself it's absurd. However, it does provide a good starting point for discussion and awakening.
"...the task of "standing, walking and running" for the enlightened person doesn't come naturally or effortlessly", don't believe this. It couldn't be further from the truth. Could you imagine a struggling/bumbling enlightened person. Yes, but only if they did it on purpose, and it's guaranteed they are still doing it naturally and hence effortlessly.
I know and agree gaining understanding is a struggle, breaking through on your own is an extreme (un)challenge. The trick is you got to see it. You got to see that you see. Nobody can see that for you, you see it on your own. Fortunately most of us are cognitively prepared, we do it all the time. It's just we've been told so many times, in so many different ways, now we have a tough time believing/appreciating our natural disposition towards enlightenment and non-attachment.
"...we do it all the time." I'll explain but first need to identify a type of mindset. The transcendent mindset, the place from where non-attachment happens naturally. Most people access this on a daily basis, some completely surround themselves in this mindset, as a carpenter I see this everyday.
There is a process that happens to people as they gain competency in any particular field. If they are, creatively, good at what they do, they do it from the transcendent mindset. It's from that place where they make their decisions, it's from that place that they draw on for guidance in the moment. They conduct their activities from this mindset. I(We) do this everyday as my(our) plans unfold.
The process happens so naturally we take it for granted and don't realize it's importance in our development to, and maintaining, a state of effortless enlightenment. A state of non-attached effortless enlightenment. Look to what you do well. Ask yourself,"how do you know". How do you know you do it well?
It's because you see yourself doing it. In your own mind you see it. As mentioned, I'm a carpenter, a really capable carpenter. I know because I see it, I see myself doing it. That is the transcendent mind.
In fairness it should be referred to as the transcendent non-mind. It more accurately represents the situation and once understood, automatically, produces ever present non-attachment in situ. We didn't create the rules, you don't attach to them, unless you want to be frustrated, stressed out, and all those other wonderful things you get. Watch the guy who has little swagger in his walk, he knows, he knows the rules, and he knows they are constants.
The hardest part to any of this is drawing the parallel(s) from what you do everyday and applying it to the issue of your "path" . You can do it, we almost all can. You transcend every time you see yourself working with some aspect of reality. It's as simple as planning diner. When in the process of considering a completed dinner you see yourself cooking, you plan "accordingly" to what you know and see. If those plans don't go well, you burnt dinner, most get irritated, that's the attached mind. The non-attached would chuckle at themselves, knowing the rules(constants) of cooking.
It's important to make a distinction. A distinction between non-caring and non-attachment. The non-caring don't learn from the feedback, the non-attached hear it constantly.
With regards to enlightenment and reality, it's helpful to parallel your conditions. In other words look to what you do well for applicable, transferable characteristics and fundamental truths. It's about developing a cognitive model, from a transcendent position. You do it already, anything you're good at involves developing a cognitive model (how to cook dinner) from a transcendent position.
When contemplating reality go to that transcendent place seeing yourself in situ and learn what you can. If it doesn't work, put the book down, and go do more stuff. It's there for the taking...there's no hurry it will be there for awhile yet. Lot's of time for the connection to be made. Once there, you reach the last attachment, that being reality. I love that, I live that, I identify with that.