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Desire: (attachment, clinging, craving)
-"desire" refers to the futile attempt to hang on to pleasant experiences by trying to stop the natural flow of changing conditions. "desire" can range from wanting something in a store front window to falling into a state of deep addiction.
Andidote: Learning to let it all pass by. Sitting still like a mountain. Knowing that by possessing all that we desire only leads to a moment of satisfaction and not an eternity.
Aversion: (anger, hatred, depression)
- "aversion" manifests in 2 forms: outward channel of anger, and the inward channel of fear. the outward is painful and limiting.
Antidote: work with anger by entering the inner experience mindfully, without acting it out. anger is constantly changing and it is not as solid as it appears.
Sleepiness: (sloth, sluggishness)
sleepiness during mediation may be caused by
-resistance to painful experience
Antidote: find the middle way between relaxation and alertness. noting the breath.
can be an overemphasis on alertness at the expense of relaxation. it can be caused by..
- Antidote: restlessness it transformed by happiness or comfort of the mind.
- becoming aware of your restlessness can overcome desperation that comes with restlessness
Doubt: (indecision, skepticism)
is a hindrance when it manifests as chronic indecision
doubt is transformed by sustained attention in the moment, because a mind filled with doubt is a mind that hovers never knowing what to do next. Sink into the present, note the breath, the attention will transform the energy.