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The Way To Become Free Of Mental Debris


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This world, life, love, universe, supreme, god (whatever feels best for you) – loves for you to be prosperous, if you have more, you can give more, more good, more great, more money, so that you can change the world.

The world loves when you’re loved so you can give more.

This is why it’s important to stay rooted in all things good. To remind ourselves daily that we exactly where we need to be. To keep up our practice of staying out of our minds, clearing out the cobwebs, blocks, and ego driven stories trying to hold us back.

In the Buddhist tradition, the five hindrances (Sanskrit: pañca nivāraṇa; Pali: pañca nīvaraṇāni) are identified as mental factors that hinder progress in meditation and in our daily lives. In the Theravada tradition, these factors are identified specifically as obstacles to the jhānas (stages of concentration) within meditation practice. Within the Mahayana tradition, the five hindrances are identified as obstacles to samatha (tranquility) meditation. Contemporary Insight Meditation teachers identify the five hindrances as obstacles to mindfulness meditation.

The five hindrances are:

  1. Sensory desire: the particular type of wanting that seeks for happiness through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling.
  2. Ill-will: all kinds of thought related to wanting to reject, feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
  3. Sloth-torpor: heaviness of body and dullness of mind which drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
  4. Restlessness-worry: the inability to calm the mind.
  5. Doubt: lack of conviction or trust.

How We Get Over Them:

Meditation: One of the goals of meditation practice is to realize how we support the hindrances and, through this insight, to dismantle them. Through honest examination, skillful action, and compassion we can transform these hindrances into newfound equanimity. 

Our awareness that the mind is getting caught up in mental debri indicates that we are on the right track. But it’s important not to stop at this level of awareness. Do we feel aversion to this noise? Do we react by getting caught up in the other hindrances of discouragement, impatience, or self-doubt? With practice—both on and off the cushion—we can begin to taste the inner freedom that comes when we let go of our habitual reactions of clinging to pleasure and avoiding pain.

What are your thoughts? How do you meditate, why do you meditate? How do you clear out the noise? We’d love to hear from you, please share your comments with us in the comment section below


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Christopher Rivas

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