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“I’ll never be able to meditate, my mind is too distracted!” Does this sound like anyone you know? Perhaps you’ve experienced this type of doubt. Doubt is just one of the classic 5 hindrances to meditation, and it’s overcome with practice.

In this episode of the Mindfulness Exercises podcast, advanced meditator, teacher and author Delson Armstrong speaks with Sean Fargo on how to work with distractions and other obstacles that arise during meditation by applying the 6 Rs. 

Meditation is a beautiful way of working with our mind to enhance our understanding of being human. Learning just what’s possible with the mind the more we practice can help motivate us to get to our cushions.

This talk is a brief excerpt of Delson Armstrong’s live presentation to those enrolled in our Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. Learn more about this unique, online, self-paced certification program at

Today’s Guest: Delson Armstrong

Delson Armstrong is a meditation teacher and author of several Dhamma books, including “A Mind Without Craving.” This deep dive into the principles and practices of early Buddhist meditation is transcribed from a ten-day meditation retreat led by Delson Armstrong himself.

Delson has extensively studied and practiced Kriya Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Upanishadic contemplative practices and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In 2016 he completed an online retreat based on the original suttas and was introduced to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation led by David Johnson. Delson naturally grasped the concepts of the 6 Rs and since then has taken a deep dive into the study and practice of the suttas. He was asked by Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi specifically to start teaching.

Today, Delson travels all over the world to lead retreats, supporting individuals on their journey to peace and wisdom.

What You’ll Learn:

  • When you’ve become distracted during meditation
  • The benefit of practicing freedom from distraction
  • Why relaxing, not suppressing, is part of the process
  • The role of joy in meditation
  • The 5 classic hindrances to meditation - and their antidotes
  • The elevated states of mind that arise during meditation

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