Greetings fellow sensitive humans,
Now this is an interesting Dhamma offering!
When taking a longer period of time for inner reflection and increased meditation as I recently have, I sometimes have an inspired creative idea with regards Dhamma material that I might like to share. This new talk is the result of one of those inspirations!
I think that if we are honest we will admit that we have all had something of a broken heart at some point in our lives. In fact, most people have had several. We get separated from our loved ones and loved things… plans don't go as we hope… conflicts occur… people change… we drift apart. There are any number of reasons and ways in which our hopes get dashed or those around us can disappoint. Sometimes we ourselves keep letting ourselves down and can literally break our own hearts, when our bad habits keep getting the better of us.
We would all like to have developed tremendous Insight and great Mindfulness so that we could see all phenomena as 'not-self'. But what do you do if something has tripped you up and your practice has fallen away?... Or the 'not-self' teachings and concepts seem abstract and cold? What can we do when the heart feels bruised or torn or is experiencing tremendous disappointment or grief?
This talk explores attitudes and practices that have helped me through difficult situations and times. (Yes even monks have broken hearts at times! – not usually for romantic reasons, but people are people and people let each other down, and things can change in ways that one does not like.) Re-establishing well-being is important for continuing in the process of developing wisdom and insight.
This talk is one that will either seem relevant or not… if not… then never mind… but you may be able to recommend it to a friend.
I hope that something here is useful,
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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