The theme of restraint in Dhamma practice helps keep energy collected rather than running out. This moderating of saṇkhārā is how one begins to turn away from the aggregates, from the assumptions and habitual grasping that cause suffering. A more flexible and beautiful state becomes available to meet what arises.
Clarifying what is citta; what is felt sense; focusing as an alternative to meditation; is citta the same as self; stuck energy in neck and head; causes and conditions and personal responsibility; unbinding vs. education of citta; how to accept our history; advice for approach to conflict; working with separation and loss; how to practice with space around myself; anatta
The process of assimilating the teachings takes time. Mindfulness of body and breathing calm and settle the citta, allowing it to unbind from its complexities. Citta becomes attentive, receptive and subtler – able to learn.
When citta is released from its obstructions, its nature is to saturate clarity and well-being into whatever it comes into contact with. It’s not something you do, it’s something that happens when the unskillful and stressful are released.
As our meditation practice matures, we may see the importance of relinquishing grudges, judgments and resentments through honest reconciliation. Through these practices we may discover the liberating experience of authentic reconciliation that may lead to greater peace and forgiveness.