After a brief overview of the Foundations, we explore both experientially and through teachings four ways of practicing with the aggregates:
1.) recognizing when they are present,
2.) tracking their arising and passing away,
3.) noting when a thick sense of self is present and opening to experience without such a sense of self, and
4.) noting when suffering or dukkha appears and responding skillfully
Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.