Last night’s discussion was very engaging.  The impact of restlessness on the self seemed to become clearer as the conversation flowed. Thank you for all who contributed.

I truly appreciate the way we all keep an open mind during these discussions and that we are willing to speak freely about the differences in our understandings.  Discussions are only an exchange of words, opinions, and concepts.  Genuine dhamma liberation arises in experience.   Only then can you know for yourself what is the truth.  The point of the conversations are to inspire you to look further, deeper,  more subtly at your own life experiences.

To that end, this week see if you can notice the places where you are “reaching” in life.  See if you can notice any suffering connected to the “reaching” (it may be very subtle).  If you notice reaching, consider what the experience would be like if you simply let go of the “reaching”.

Next week we will explore “ignorance” – the last of the ten fetters – and end the topic with a summary discussion the week after.

With a deep bow…


One response to “Restlessness

  1. One of the things we talked about in sangha was about how some ppl have more of a sense of peace while meditating and others report having more anxiety or big issues coming up. How can these all support metta? I got a great Pema Chodron quote from a mailing list I’m on that I felt like really got at that, how working with our own anxieties as they come up can support a larger metta practice:


    The basic ground of compassionate action is the importance of working with rather than struggling against, and what I mean by that is working with your own unwanted, unacceptable stuff, so that when the unacceptable and unwanted appears out there, you relate to it based on having worked with loving-kindness for yourself. Then there is no condescension. This nondualistic approach is true to the heart because it’s based on our kinship with each other. We know what to say, because we have experienced closing down, shutting off, being angry, hurt, rebellious, and so forth, and have made a relationship with those things in ourselves.


    Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön, page 103 “

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