Joseph Goldstein talks in regards to the nature of concern, the way it’s conditioned within the thoughts, how we are able to work with it, and embracing the opportunity of reworking concern into knowledge and freedom.
This dharma speak from October 11, 2000, on the Perception Meditation Society Retreat Middle, was initially printed on Dharma Seed.
Joseph introduces the subject of working with concern and reworking it into knowledge. He talks about how concern is among the most strongly conditioned behavior patterns of the thoughts and the way it brings us to the sting of our consolation zone, which could be a extremely productive space for our mindfulness follow. He zeroes in on working with bodily ache and discomfort, what it reveals us about our follow, and the way we are able to work with it in a skillful method.
“Working with the sting of bodily ache and discomfort is a splendidly illuminating place to follow. As a result of it does deliver us proper as much as the sting and we are able to start to see how fears begin to come up.” – Joseph Goldstein
RamDev explores work with bodily ache in Therapeutic on the Edge Ep. 13
Working With Emotional Discomfort (28:15)
Joseph strikes on from concern of bodily ache to concern of emotional or psychological discomfort. It’s usually troublesome to divulge heart’s contents to uncomfortable feelings reminiscent of unworthiness, jealousy, or failure. He talks about how concern additionally arises after we confront the reality of impermanence. This concern, taken to a deeper degree, usually manifests as a concern of demise. Joseph touches on the significance of recognizing the moments every day when our minds are freed from need and attachment.
“I believe it’s essential for us, as we undergo the day, to acknowledge these moments when our minds are freed from need, are freed from attachment. It’s in lots of moments, we don’t have to attend for 20 or 30 years of follow and possibly we get a single glimpse. There are moments by means of the day when our minds are open, are at relaxation, will not be greedy, will not be clinging, to the diploma that we are able to acknowledge that because it occurs.” – Joseph Goldstein
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The Magic Mantra (48:15)
Joseph ends by discussing reworking concern into knowledge. He teaches us an all-purpose magic mantra, “It’s okay,” and talks about treating ourselves the identical manner we’d a frightened youngster. If we are able to study to turn out to be extra accepting of the concern, it begins to decondition itself and is simpler to work with. Joseph touches on the notion of braveness and talks about how Metta and belief are the antidotes to concern.
“At these occasions, nice braveness is required. And braveness right here just isn’t an absence of concern. Braveness doesn’t imply an absence of concern, it means an acceptance of concern.” – Joseph Goldstein
Raghu Markus, Ram Dass, and Duncan Trussell discover braveness, belief, and love in Mindrolling Ep. 335
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