April 27, 2011

The Platform for Insight

Sharon Salzberg, from the fourth talk of her Tricycle Retreat on the Five Hindrances:

The Five Hindrances are:
-Desire or Attachment
-Aversion (Anger or Fear)
-Sleepiness or Sluggishness
-Restlessness
-Doubt

The main effort we make is to be mindful of them, to use that mindfulness as the platform for insight and understanding, and also to deepen our sense of compassion for ourselves in the face of these states, which we cannot control and are all workable. We don't need to be afraid of our own experience. Instead, we can see what's happening very clearly and can have tremendous kindness for ourselves and ultimately for others.

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