When we believe thoughts coming from a contracted mind we are in dukkha. When we see them clearly as empty and not self, there's wisdom.
This talk also explores the 4 Iddhipadas-different temperaments and sources of motivation in practice.
The habit of believing we're different from others leads to a painful sense of isolation. Both vipassana and metta reveal a deep inter-connectedness to all of life that takes away our feelings of separation.
Anger is an intelligent emotion, a natural part of our evolutionary design that lets us know when we are endangered or impeded in our progress. But when it locks into ongoing resentment and blame, our heart becomes armored and we lose access to a wholeness of being. This talk explores forgiving as a process of relaxing our armoring and awakening a healing compassion for ourselves and others.