Watch this video Wheel of Awareness by Dan Siegel - A dhamma talk on how to work with thoughts and emotions in our meditation practice.
A dhamma talk on how to work with thoughts and emotions in our meditation practice.
“The truth of suffering is to be realized. The truth of the cause of the suffering is to be understood. The true of the end of the suffering is to be experienced. And the way to the end is to be walked by each one. The Buddha´s enlightenment solved his problem, it did not solve ours, except to point out the way. There is no magic formula which will release us from suffering. Each of us has to purify our own mind, for it is the attachment in our minds that keeps us bound. “
– The Experience of Insight – Joseph Goldstein
Go beyond good and bad by refraining from mentally labeling anything as good or bad. When you go beyond the habitual naming, the power of the universe moves through you. When you are in a nonreactive relationship to experiences, what you would have called “bad” before often turns around quickly, if not immediately, through the power of life itself.
Watch what happens when you don’t name an experience as “bad” and instead bring an inner acceptance, an inner “yes” to it, and so let it be as it is.
Whenever you are able, have a “look” inside yourself to see whether you are unconsciously creating conflict between the inner and the outer, between your external circumstances at that moment — where you are, who you are with, or what you are doing — and your thoughts and feelings. Can you feel how painful it is to internally stand in opposition to what is?
When you recognize this, you also realize that you are now free to give up this futile conflict, this inner state of war.
“All that we have invented, the symbols in the church, the rituals, they are all put there by thought. Thought has invented these things. Invented the savior. Invented the temples of India and the contents of the temples. Thought has invented all these things called sacred. You cannot deny that. So thought in itself is not sacred. And when thought invents God, God is not sacred. So what is sacred? That can only be understood or happen when there is complete freedom, from fear, from sorrow, and when there is this sense of love and compassion with it’s own intelligence. Then when the mind is utterly still, that which is sacred can take place.”
May all beings be free from fear and hate.
May all beings find joy and happiness within.
Because I care about the happiness and well being of all,
I carefully watch over my mind and strive to put an end to all delusion.
The gift of the Dhamma excels all gifts;
The taste of the Dhamma excels all tastes;
Delight in the Dhamma excels all delights.
The eradication of Craving overcomes all sorrow.
Wheel of Awareness
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