Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
When we are not mindful that one of the hindrances is dragging us around by the nose...we suffer... As soon as mindfulness is present, this is our opportunity for freedom from them... We are no longer at their mercy when we understand their nature.. Impermanent "clouds" blowing through the mind - they have no power over us.
This talk fleshes out the meaning of mindfulness using a range of words to capture the flavor of this quality. We touch on the skillful use of the different anchors(body, breath, sound) to support steadiness of mind, and then let them go to include all 6 sense doors.
A short explanation on how to work with this practice using phrases that support the inclining the mind towards the developing of equanimity.
Q and A at the end discussing the difficulties that can come up for us as we work with this reflection.
The Buddha’s teaching on self examination is a helpful tool to support the strengthening of wholesome qualities and the diminishes of the unwholesome ones. By means of the 4 R’s this talk offers ways to keep the practice alive in daily life.
How can we not become reactive in the thick of difficult states of mind, events, relationships and situations that unfold in life? By inclining the mind towards equanimity through the growing understanding that we are not in control… things are constantly changing due to conditions. We learn to sit steady in the saddle in the midst of life's ups and downs.
We can get caught up in speculating on karma which is something the Buddha tells us in not helpful and will make us “mad”. The most helpful way to work with karma is to see it in each moment by noticing the suffering and end of suffering dependent on whether we are grasping or meeting the moment with wisdom.
Expanding our view of what kindness is and the occasions that it can manifest.. Not needing conditions to be a certain way in order to feel the loving heart allows us to bring an attitude of kindness into all that arises in our experience - especially difficult situation and emotions.
Many different words are used to support the development of wise effort.. Getting in touch with the nuances of this quality help us to not over effort or under effort - this comes with the willingness to explore what is most helpful for us in any moment.